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.
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.