Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar beat themselves with slippers, say ‘we are worse than beggars’

Tamil Nadu farmers protesting at the Jantar Mantar are not happy with the hike in salary of their state legislatures and beat themselves with slippers to register their anger against the state government as they demand for a drought relief package.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 2:55 pm
Tamil Nadu farmers, Jantar Mantar Tamil Nadu farmers beat themselves with slippers, say unhappy with hike in salaries of their MLAs (Source: Twitter/ANI)

Farmers from Tamil Nadu who are protesting at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding drought relief package and loan waiver are unhappy over the massive hike in salaries of their state legislators. The farmers, while expressing their anger, beat themselves with chappals (slippers) and shouted slogans. Leading the protest, P Ayyakannu, president of the National-South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association, told news agency ANI: “Being a farmer is worse than being a beggar in India.”

Recently, the monthly pay of Tamil Nadu legislators was increased from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh. At the same time, the MLA area development fund in the state was raised from Rs 2 crore to Rs 2.5 crore and allowances for the Chief Minister, Ministers, the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition and the Government Chief Whip were also increased with retrospective effect from July 1 this year.

The second phase of Tamil farmers protest began in New Delhi after the promises made to them by the government remain allegedly unfulfilled. The farmers who beat themselves with slippers on Thursday have resorted to unique ways of protesting in the past, which include shaving their heads, partially shaving their mustaches, holding mice and snakes in their mouths and even flogging themselves after which Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami had also met them. Tamil Nadu faced one of the worst droughts in over a century due to 60 percent deficit in rainfall.

The farmers who beat themselves with slippers on Thursday have resorted to unique ways of protesting in the past, which include shaving their heads, partially shaving their mustaches, holding mice and snakes in their mouths and even flogging themselves after which Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami had also met them. Tamil Nadu faced one of the worst droughts in over a century due to 60 percent deficit in rainfall.

 

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    Nickshabu
    Jul 22, 2017 at 10:38 am
    Well if the farmers are educated they would not have started this protest. They don't know that neither Indian nor Tamilnadu government is going to help them in any way. Funny farmers, someone should teach them that the government may one day say the army to fire and kill them. That's India. That's Indian politicians. From PM to CM to any government officials look only to d public money. Who are these shirtless farmers in there eyes!! After few decades, all Indian citizens have to eat only plastics and the free phone given by corporates but these politicians will have food imported with the looted money.
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    1. pramod pagar
      Jul 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm
      It seems missionaries are all out financing this agitation. We all know Land is in state government authority. Only states can take decision on their situation, what the they are doing in Delhi? If they are that poor who is financing their travel,stay and Food in Delhi.
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      1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
        Jul 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm
        The T N farmers by resorting to beat themselves with slippers will only bring ridicule and mockery. There are more dignified and better way to gain sympathy. Hope their leader understands this. Jai HInd.
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          romi
          Jul 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm
          really shameful TN ministers give themselves 1lakh raise but completely ignoring farmers ?? where is pappu Oh its not bjp ruled state so coward least bothered
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            SubbuI
            Jul 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm
            IS THIS THE NEW INDIA NALAYAK NMODI PROMISED AFTER U P ELECTION VICTORY IN U.P farmers GETS RELEIEF AND IN SOUTH ( BLACK) TAMIL NADU FARMERS GETS DEATH AND INSULT. JAI MODI🙏
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              romi
              Jul 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm
              stupid is Modi CM of Tamil nadu ??? use your brains before commenting
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                Jul 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm
                OK! Black "TAMIL NADU" people got insulted by Congress Family, MK family , J ans S groups swindling, Cores bribing Thinagaran etc. They should go to these people house front and beat themselves. These people call themselves atheist and rationalist but build a temple for (north?) actress! They let Tamil genocide in old Tamil territories ! Islamic invasion and slavery , British rule and Congress rule made them into what? They vote for drink and briyani and in search of actors who can act as their CM and call them "puratchi" revolutionary persons without any revolution but for being corrupt! The revolution ( which is like congress secularism!) made all Tamil Nadu lakes dry and beg for water from Karnataka.That was once the land of Nakiran and other poets and later Barathiyar!
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                  R K
                  Jul 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm
                  NOW TN PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO VOTE FOR MODI....
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