Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

TN framers plight: All-party meeting convened by DMK gives bandh call

TN framers plight: All-party meeting convened by DMK gives bandh call

An all-party meeting called by the DMK in Chennai on Sunday made a decision to observe a bandh in Tamil Nadu on April 25 to highlight the sufferings of farmers.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked the Centre to hold talks with the agitating farmers.

Meanwhile, the "sit-in" protest being observed by the farmers of Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee (CRRC) in front of Thanjavur District Collector Office, demanding the Centre to drop its proposed single tribunal to hear all the inter-State water disputes and to establish the Cauvery management Board, has entered 19th consecutive day, today.

On April 13, DMK working president M K Stalin had called an "all party meeting", to discuss the woes of State's farmers.

The all-party meeting also wanted the Tamil Nadu government adhere to the orders of the Madras high court as well as the Supreme Court on the farmers' issue.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK) member and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai had earlier this week visited the agitating farmers at the Jantar Mantar and assured them that their grievances would be placed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the earliest. "The meeting resolved to ask the state government to convene a special assembly session and pass resolutions on the farmers' demands".

Thirumavalavan also criticised opposition parties that have refused, or are reluctant, to join the meet and called it a "dangerous" trend when there are pressing issues needs to be discussed by all parties.

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