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Farmers' federation will field candidate in Tiruchengode

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MADURAI, MARCH 6. The Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturist Associations today floated a new movement, Democracy Protection Movement, to safeguard the interests of the common man and the farming community. The federation will field a candidate in the drought-hit Tiruchengode constituency in the Lok Sabha poll.

Expressing frustration over the ``lackadaisical'' attitude of political parties, which "ignored the common man's interests by sending representatives of the elitist class of the society to the Assembly and Parliament," the organiser of the movement, C. Nallasamy, said the campaign would be for "water". "The candidate would be one among ourselves, a honest person, who could echo the sentiments of the common man in Parliament."

On the choice of Tiruchengode, he said though the entire State was reeling under drought, this constituency was worst hit. "People are trekking at least two km to fetch drinking water. The seasonal crops have been lost and the coconut trees started withering. Distress sale of cattle has begun."

Stating that their representative would not join the government, Mr. Nallasamy said, "Our man will act as a catalyst for the development of the common man".

The office-bearer of the State unit of the Bharat Krishik Samaj, Gurusamy, described the initiative as an effort at "retrieving the denied rights to the ordinary people".

Freedom fighter and retired IAS officer, K. Laksmikanthan Bharathi, advocated restriction of the tenure of office for political leaders to just one term, reserving seats for small farmers, traders and agricultural and industrial labourers in Assembly and Parliament, allowing self-governance for local bodies, access to education for all and making freedom struggle part of the higher education curriculum to do away with `political and official corruption'.

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