Tamil Nadu Farmers
Farmers from the southern state of Tamil Nadu pose half shaved during a protest demanding a drought-relief package from the government, in New Delhi, India April 3, 2017.Reuters

The Nadigar Sangam has reportedly decided to support the bandh call given by the DMK in Tamil Nadu on April 25. Various trade bodies and film associations are expected to extend their support to the strike.

MK Stalin, the working president of DMK, has stated that Congress, CPI (M), MMK and other opposition parties have extended their support to the strike. The film industry will also observe the bandh on April 25 urging the Centre to declare the drought situation in Tamil Nadu as a national disaster, and to release adequate fund for the state to tide over the crisis.

As per the reports, theatres and all film-related activities will come to a standstill on Tuesday. This is not the first time the Nadigar Sangam is extending its support to bandh call given by political parties. Earlier, it has responded to issues pertaining to Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka, Tamil issues in Sri Lanka, etc. Also, it had supported the people's movement earlier this year over Jallikattu row.

Farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting at Delhi's Jantar Mantar for the last 40 days. Their demands include waiver of loans, release of Rs 40,000 crore to Tamil Nadu as drought fund and setting up of Cauvery Management Board.

The farmers have been taking to unique ways of protests to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi toward the issue. From drinking their own urines to walking naked, the farmers are pulling out all stops to persuade the Centre to look into the matter.

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Tamil Nadu Farmers
Actors Vishal Krishna and Prakash Raj join drought affected farmers from Tamil Nadu who are staging a sit-in demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 24, 2017.IANS