Farmer ends life in Tamil Nadu, Opposition demands action

Karunanidhi alleged that the farmers were facing many difficulties in the AIADMK rule and said the government had not heeded to their demands.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: March 18, 2016 10:47 am
farmer suicide, farmer, tamil nadu DMK chief Karunanidhi said there was a spike in instances of farmers committing suicide over loan repayment issues and urged them not to resort to such extreme steps.

Opposition parties including DMK on Sunday voiced concern over the suicide of a farmer in Ariyalur and the police assault on another and sought action, including waiver of farm loans in the state.

DMK President M Karunanidhi alleged that the farmers were facing many difficulties in the AIADMK rule and said the government had not heeded to their demands on many issues despite their staging a number of protests.

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Expressing concern over the death of Ariyalur-based farmer Arumugam, who allegedly consumed poison, Karunanidhi said there was a spike in instances of farmers committing suicide over loan repayment issues and urged them not to resort to such extreme steps.

With elections scheduled in another two months (on May 16), a new government will come in place which will redress farmers’ grievances, he said in a statement.

“Elections are scheduled in two months. Be hopeful. A government that will protect farmers’ interest will come. Then all your problems will end,” he said.

Karunanidhi also demanded action against cops who had allegedly assaulted a Thanjavur-based farmer for non-repayment of loan, an incident which was caught on tape and went viral, prompting outrage.

Arumugam consumed poison on Saturday after being allegedly ill-treated by some officials of the company that had lent him money to purchase a tractor few years back.

Officials of the finance company had come to his house on March 10 and had allegedly abused and insulted him in front of villagers, besides distraining his tractor.

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    Ass.I.am.a.brahmin
    Mar 13, 2016 at 11:34 am
    Modi has ured in the Asia economic forum that he will multiply farmers's suicide by three fold in next three years. So elect BJP in Tamil Nadu.
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    Shankar Shankar
    Mar 13, 2016 at 10:54 am
    In the run up to the general elections 2014, Modi had promised that the Minimum Support Price will be raised to 1.5 times the cost, if his party is voted to power. Two years after the BJP was voted to power with an absolute majority, Modi is yet to deliver on his promise.
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    raj
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    Minimum support price is not hiked, a poll promise. farmers should just say no to loan repayment. All the farmers should do that, let's see what the banks will do with all the equipment.
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    yuvan
    Mar 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    farmer with 1 tractor was forced to commit suicide for the loan he had taken, MAllaya who had taken loan to buy many A380 flights has escaped out of india with no harm to him...HAil democrazy.
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