Members of Raitha Sangha, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti, Communist Party of India, Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, Dalit Manava Hakkugala Samiti, Janashakti, Janasangrama Parishat, Swaraj Abhiyana and other like-minded organisations joined the dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the protesters said as many as 139 taluks of the State had been facing drought. “The State government, in its report to the Centre, has estimated the total loss due to drought at Rs.16,000 crore. However, the government sought a relief of only Rs.5,036 crore. Both the Central and State governments have neglected the farming community”, they said.