Rahul meets protesting TN farmers, seeks help from PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu farmers

Rahul Gandhi (PHOTO: SNS)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday met protesting Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and sought drought relief funds from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the farmers.

"PM Modi has given debt relief to richest people in the country, why not for people who have built this country, the farmers," Rahul said after meeting the agitating farmers.

Announcing the party’s package of relief measures for the affected farmers, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president Su Thirunavukkarasar on Wednesday had said, “If the government has helped the family, we will give Rs.10,000 each. If government aid has not reached them, we will give Rs.25,000 each.”

Stating that 250 farmers have died as a result of the agricultural crisis thus far, Thirunavukkarasar had said that the TNCC will spend around Rs.2 crore on welfare measures for the affected farmers.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday reviewed drought relief measures taken up by various government departments to tackle the drought situation in the state.

Nearly two weeks now, a group of farmers from Tamil Nadu are protesting in New Delhi demanding drought relief from the government.