Tamil Nadu: Protesters burn CM Palaniswami's effigy over state petition on farmer suicides

A day after the Tamil Nadu government filed a petition in Supreme Court stating that farmer suicides were due to health and personal issues, aggrieved peasants from parts of the state took to streets in protest.

The petition has not been well received by the state farmers. In Thanjavur delta, farmers agitated by waiving black flags and burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami.

This comes a week after Tamil Nadu farmers called off their strike over demands for drought relief package in Delhi till May 25 on assurances from chief minister EPS.

He had urged the farmers to call of their protest and promised that their demands would be met.

FARMERS PROTEST

Over the past 45 days, farmers have been protesting for their demands on drought relief package, farm loan waiver and setting up on Cauvery Management Board by the Centre.

The Tamil Nadu government officially declared a drought in the state on January 10 this year. But by then more than 140 farmers had reportedly ended their lives since October. A NHRC report sent to Tamil Nadu government on January 5 mentioned about 106 farmers committing suicide in one month.

But the state government's apathy has sent shock-waves across the state and has pushed the Tamil Nadu agrarian turmoil into further mess.