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Marathwada agrarian crisis will not drown out BJP’s campaign on nationalism

Marathwada dams including Majalgaon, Manjara, Sina Kolegaon and Siddheshwar hve dried up and even the bore wells that cost upward of Rs 20,000, dug to depths of 400-500 feet, run dry too.

The voters of Marathwada who account for eight districts of central Maharashtra are experiencing their fourth drought since 2012-13, their despair compounded by periods of good crop that fetched rock bottom prices. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

A ritual for the dead marks a dip in the river, but Godavari has no water to offer this family that has come from Parbhani. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Beed, with over 12 lakh cattle, has Marathwada’s largest livestock population. As of March 28, a government nod was received for 837 fodder camps in the district, of which 496 are operational and home to 2,84,976 animals already, with two months of summer still to come. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Marathwada dams including Majalgaon, Manjara, Sina Kolegaon and Siddheshwar hve dried up and even the bore wells that cost upward of Rs 20,000, dug to depths of 400-500 feet, run dry too. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Other than water scarcity, there are hundred other local disputes. Latur’s Jalkot taluka, where average ground water levels have gone down by an alarming 3.2 metres, is usually a picturesque region, surrounded by the Balaghat mountains. (Express archive photo)

The Nandanshivani lake on the border with Nanded has already dried up. The lake is a single source of ater for Umardara village and despite this, the suppply by government water tankers is yet to start. (Express archive photo)