Women farmers of Junagadh protesting a bypass road project wrote 101 letters with their blood to Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Vadhavi village near Junagadh,seeking his intervention in the matter,on Sunday. The bypass is part of the NH 8D which connects Jetpur in Rajkot district with Somnath in Junagadh. The National Highway Authority of India is building the new bypass as the existing bypass is too close to Junagadh city limits.
Women from 10 villages affected by the new bypass gathered at Vadhavi village at 10 am on Sunday,where they wrote the letters in blood to the CM. Modi used to tell women at public rallies to write him a 50-paisa postcard whenever they were in trouble. Through these postcards,we have sought to convey to the Chief Minister that we are in trouble, said Jayna Donga,one of the women who wrote the letters.
Bhai Shri Narendrabhai,vira,tari bahen dukhi chhe Junagadh bypass muddey (My brother Narendrabhai,your sister is in trouble over the Junagadh bypass issue) the women wrote behind the postcards,which also carried blood-soaked thumb impressions. Dongas father,Kuman Donga,stands to lose eight bighas of land along the route of the new bypass. I shall be ruined if my land is taken away. I hope Modi listens to us and saves farmers from losing their means of subsistence, Rama Makwana (65),a farmer-widow from Koyali village,said.
We demand Modi should spare some time to listen to our grievance. We shall continue our agitation and hold a rally in coming days, said Kalu Zhala,president of Khedut Heet Rakshak Samiti,an informal organisation of the affected farmers. The farmers demand that instead of building the new bypass from Vadal village to Shapur,the existing bypass should be widened.