Tamil Nadu farmers suspend their agitation after meeting CM Palaniswami

Farmers drinking urine at Jantar Mantar

Farmers drinking urine at Jantar Mantar

Mr Palaniswami is in the national capital to take part in a Niti Aayog meeting along with chief ministers of other states.

The chief minister also talked about the steps the state government had taken to mitigate the hardship of farmers.

It's about time the citizens wake up and stand in support of our farmers who are the backbone of the country. 4,000 crore.With 60 per cent deficit in rainfall, Tamil Nadu witnessed its worst drought in 140 years.

Noting that an important aspect in the successful and sustainable implementation of GST is compensation to states for loss of revenue, the Karnataka Chief Minister said, "The timely release of compensation to states under GST will be an important factor in ensuring that the relationship of mutual trust is maintained between the Centre and the states".

The protest has just crossed five weeks after having started on March 14 and is geared towards the goal of making the central government aware of their plight.

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Rupani said Gujarat has achieved sustained high growth in agriculture sector with a marked development in horticulture and cash crops.

Palaniswami said, "I will take up with PM Narendra Modi the demands put forward by the farmers". He had also urged them to call off their protest. They are 40 days into their protest at Jantar Mantar now and have said that the central government has not accepted their demands of drought relief.

Recently, farmer leader Ayyakkannu was quoted as saying, "These demonstrations symbolise the plight of our women". Carrying skulls symbolizing their brethren who died or committed suicide, they demand a larger drought relief package of approximately $6 billion (similar to a loan waiver that was offered to farmers in the state of Uttar Pradesh) and a better support price.

Over the past 41 days, the farmers have tried to attract attention to their cause by displaying human skulls - purportedly of farmers who had committed suicide -, walked naked near the Prime Minister's office, held live rats in their mouths, organised mock funerals and even drank urine.