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First Day of Mass Fast at Jantar Mantar in Solidarity with the People of Narmada Valley and their Struggle of Complete and Just Rehabilitation

Hundreds of Oustees from Narmada Valley reached Jantar Mantar; Indefinite Solidarity Fast by Yogendra Yadav, Sandeep Pandey, Dr. Sunilam, Alok Agarwal, along with Kamru Bahan, and Kailash Avasya from Narmada Valley

  1. B. Saxena, Annie Raja, Manoranjan Mohanty, Anjali Bhardwaj, Soumya Dutta, Faisal Khan, Ashutosh, Amit Bhatnagar, Arun Shrivastava, Rajendra Ravi, Amrita Johri, Madhuresh Kumar and many others joined.

New Delhi | 03 August, 2017 : After raising voices from Narmada Valley to Madhya Pradesh assembly, to the Ministry of Water Resources, and many other concerned authorities, now the Narmada Valley oustees reached Delhi to make their voice heard in the Parliament, to tell about the brutal actions of MP Govt. in the Valley, to unveil the realities of rehabilitation sites and MP Govt’s game of numbers about affected people entitled of rehabilitation.

Today morning the solidarity indefinite fast started with around 100 people from Narmada Valley and other movements.

Dr. Sunilam sitting on indefinite solidarity fast extended his full support to the people of narmada valley and their struggle against illegal submergence and forced eviction. He challenged the ministers of Madhya Pradesh government to go and live there for 24 hours in tin shades made by government to forcefully resettle the people of Narmada Valley.

Alok Agarwal from Aam Aadmi Party Madhya Pradesh chief and National Spokesperson exposed the claims of MP government about electricity generation from Sardar Sarovar Dam and providing water to Gujarat and said that Madhya Pradesh is already a surplus state in terms of electricity generation and around 200 people have already died from flood in Gujarat due to negligence of Gujarat state in planning and construction of decentralized water reservoirs so neither Gujarat is deficient of water nor Madhya Pradesh of electricity.

Yogendra Yadav from Swaraj India expressed his full solidarity with the iconic struggle of Narmada bachao andolan and said that this movement has challenged the discourse of so called development causing huge displacement and taking away people’s rights of life and livelihood. More than 15000 people affected from Sardar Sarovar project have been able to get the land for land due to consistent struggle led by Narmada bachao andolan. The government is insensitive and producing false affidavit in Supreme Court causing injustices. More than 40000 families in Narmada Valley are still waiting for rehabilitation not the submergence.

Sandeep Pandey sitting on fast spoke about the achievements of the movement and plight of the people. He said the development cannot be done at the cost of people and their democratic rights. The government have neither done development nor been able to protect the fundamental rights of people till now.

Later Anjali Bhardwaj, Rajendra Ravi, Faisal Khan, Madhuresh Kumar spoke about the attempt of forceful eviction that the government is trying consistently in the valley without ensuring the rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Dam affected people. They criticized the game of implicating NBA activists and villages into false cases of abducting officials. The health of 11 people of Narmada Valley and Medha Patkar sitting on fast is deteriorating as the indefinite fast enters into 8th day.

In the evening around 30 children from Nav Jagriti Collective joined the indefinite solidarity fast and understood about the struggle and achievements of the movement. Till now more than 5000 students have passed out from Jeevan Shala, school run by the movement saathies at many places in Narmada Valley.

Before the end of first day, K. B. Saxena, Advocate Sanjay Parikh and Manoranjan Mohanty joined and extended solidarity with the people of Narmada Valley and Medha Patkar. They also appealed to the Government of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Government of India to initiate talks with the Narmada Bachao Andolan and ensure complete and just rehabilitation of all the people living in the submergence area of Sardar Sarovar project.

Kamru Bahan, Kailash Avasya from Narmada Valley and in solidarity Yogendra Yadav (Swaraj India), Sandeep Pandey (Socialist Party (India)), Dr. Sunilam (Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, National Alliance of People’s Movements) and Alok Agarwal (National Spokesperson and Madhya Pradesh Covener, Aam Aadmi Party) sat on indefinite solidarity fast in the presence of approximately 50 people from Narmada Valley and eminent Annie Raja (National Federation of Indian Women), Soumya Dutta (Environmentalist and Energy Expert), Anjali Bhardwaj (NCPRI), Amrita Johri, Ashutosh (AAP, National Spokesperson), Navneet (Gen. Secretary, Swaraj India), Faisal Khan (Khudai Khidmatgar), Rajendra Ravi (National Alliance of People’s Movements) and many others.

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