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After CM Palanisamy's Assurance, Tamil Nadu Farmers Suspend Their Strike In Delhi Till May 25

The farmers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for over 40 days now.

23/04/2017 8:10 PM IST | Updated 23/04/2017 8:10 PM IST

NEW DELHI -- Farmers from Tamil Nadu who have been on protest sit-in here for the past 40 days, on Sunday announced suspension of their demonstration till May 25 after they met state Chief Minister E Palanisamy.

During the meeting, Palanisamy assured the farmers of his help and said that he will request Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the loan waiver.

The farmers have been on protest sit-in at Jantar Mantar in the capital seeking loan waivers, drought relief packages and formation of a Cauvery Management Board to resolve their irrigation issues.

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    Tamil Nadu farmer pretending to eat grass during a protest at Jantar Mantar.
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    Tamil Nadu farmer pretending to eat grass during a protest at Jantar Mantar.
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    Farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for almost four weeks now, demanding the waiver of their loans.
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    Over three lakh farmers have committed suicide in India since 1995. These suicides have largely been attributed to debt, drought, crop failure or poor returns.
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    The farmers have been using symbolic props such as ropes tied as noose, begging bowls during the protest.
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    Many of the farmers shaved half of their heads as a sign of protest.
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    The skull they used during the protest reportedly symbolised the deaths of their fellow farmers who died apparently due to severe drought in the state.
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    They used ropes to 'hang' themselves in front of the national media.
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    Many of the farmers also performed their own symbolic 'cremations', reiterating the fact that if the situation in the state continued, they'd have no choice but to die.
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    They even held live mice in their mouths to demonstrate that they will have to feed on them if the government fails to declare drought relief packages and waiver loans for the farmers in Tamil Nadu.
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    The farmers even enacted eating a snake as a form of protest.
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    On 14 April, farmers were seen cross-dressed as women during a month long protest at Jantar Mantar.

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