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‘State should explore the possibility of laying underground power lines along farmlands’

CPM leaders led by State Secretary K. Balakrishnan marching towards the farmers protest venue at Sultanpet in Coimbatore on Friday.

CPM leaders led by State Secretary K. Balakrishnan marching towards the farmers protest venue at Sultanpet in Coimbatore on Friday.  

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Chief Minister should fulfil farmers’ demand: CPI(M) State secretary

State Government should find a solution to the farmers’ opposition to erecting high power transmission towers on farmlands, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) K. Balakrishnan told reporters near here on Friday.

“Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami should give up adamant stand and fulfil farmers’ demand. His government should stop preventing political leaders from meeting the protesting farmers and also explore the possibility of laying underground power cables,” he said after meeting the farmers in Sultanpet.

The farmers are on protest for the 12th day on Friday and a few among those were on fast for the sixth day.

It was not right on the Government’s part to adopt a high-handed approach on the issue when solution was available to solve the problem. In fact, by adopting the high-handed approach, the Government tried to change the course of what was a peaceful protest, he said and wanted the Government to protect farm lands.

“The Government attempted to prevent political leaders from meeting the farmers because it did not want it to become a people’s protest. And, in doing so, it appears that its attempt is to isolate the farmers,” Mr. Balakrishnan said

Earlier when Mr. Balakrishnan proceeded towards the protest venue, the Coimbatore Rural Police tried to prevent him and the CPI(M) cadre. This led to war of words and threatened to go out of hand when he said that if the police were to deny permission to meet the farmers, the CPI(M) would stage a State-wide protest against police excess.

Sources said that he argued with the police that they had no right to stop those wanting to meet the farmers. After sometime, the police withdrew enabling him to meet the farmers.

Senior CPM leaders from Coimbatore P.R. Natarajan, a former Member of Parliament, district Secretary V. Ramamoorthy, CPI(M)State Executive Committee members and others accompanied him.

After meeting the farmers, Mr. Balakrishnan left to meet farmers protesting in Tirupur and Erode districts.

Meanwhile, several farmers boycotted the monthly grievances redress meeting at the Coimbatore Collectorate.

The farmers who staged a walkout said there was no point in participating in the meeting when the Government was not ready to meet their demands.

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