The skull protesters of Tamil Nadu have now been joined by farmers from other states at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
The protest by Tamil Nadu farmers seeking a drought relief package from the Narendra Modi government entered its 22nd day on Monday.
AIADMK, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, has expressed solidarity with the Tamil Nadu farmers. Deputy Speaker at Lok Sabha M Thambidurai met the farmers at Jantar Mantar.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SKULL PROTEST AT JANTAR MANTAR:
- The farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting in the Capital since March 14. In addition to a drought relief package, the protesting farmers also want the government to waive the loans of peasants from Tamil Nadu.
- Last year, Tamil Nadu recorded the worst spell of northeast monsoon in 140 years, and the AIADMK government officially declared a drought in the state in January this year.
- Owing to the bad monsoon and drought conditions, several farmers allegedly committed suicide in the state. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought a detailed report from Tamil Nadu on farmer suicides based on media reports that estimated 106 farmer deaths within a month in Tamil Nadu.
- In February, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami sanctioned Rs 2,247 crore as drought relief to more than 32 lakh farmers in Tamil Nadu.
- In Delhi, farmers from Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli districts in Tamil Nadu have been protesting at Jantar Mantar. The farmers want the Centre to announce a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore and a better support price for their produce.
- In the skull protest, the skull symbolises the fate these farmers will meet if authorities do not help them out. Some farmers claimed the skulls are of their fellow farmers who committed suicide in the wake of drought.
- Recently, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meet skull protesters at Jantar Mantar and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of neglecting them. "The PM has given debt relief to richest people in the country, why not for the people who have built this country--the farmers," Rahul Gandhi had said.