Cong starts yatra demanding water for thirsty state

Congress leaders launched Jal Adhikar Yatra demanding drinking water for Saurashtra,Kutch and north Gujarat from “not-so-thirsty” temple town of Dwarka on Wednesday morning.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Dwarka | Published: April 11, 2013 5:05 am

Congress leaders launched Jal Adhikar Yatra demanding drinking water for Saurashtra,Kutch and north Gujarat from “not-so-thirsty” temple town of Dwarka on Wednesday morning.

“Our original plan was to launch this yatra from Narayan Sarovar in Kutch. But after state government came to know of this,they started supplying more water to Narayan Sarovar. We are happy about that and wish that the yatra brings Dwarka the same luck. Why shouldn’t they send tankers here?” Shankersinh Vaghela,former chief minister and currently leader of Opposition in Assembly,said in his opening remarks to a modest gathering in Home Guard chowk here.

Vaghela further said he prayed to Dwarikadhis to give “sadbuddhi” (prudence) to voters. “Though we are not here to seek your votes today,we should not help those who do not help us,” he said adding Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not bothered at all to make drinking water available to people in Saurashtra,Kutch and north Gujarat regions where drought-like situation prevails due to spars rains last monsoon.

The senior Congress leader further added the objective of the yatra was to give realistic picture of “grim” drinking water scenario in these regions and force the BJP-led state government to ease the situation.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Arjun Modhwadia said,“Mungerilal sitting in Gandhinagar is only interested in acquiring the chair in New Delhi. This is why,when women are quarrelling over a potful of water in every village of this region,he is busy celebrating the 33rd foundation day of his party by using funds given by Central government to start relief work in these areas.”

Mohan Prakash,All Indian Congress Committee in-charge of Gujarat,questioned the Modi governments intention of giving Narmada water for irrigation in Saurashtra and alleged that Modi was diverting funds to chase his dream of becoming the next prime minister.

However,situation of drinking water in this coastal town is much better than other urban,semi-urban centres in the region. Dwarka Municipality,ruled by BJP,supplies water for 45 minutes every alternate day.

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