Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday lashed out against Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists who are leading Jal Satyagraha movements in the state. He called the protests a “conspiracy against development.”
In an informal chat with reporters on the sidelines of the BJP state executive meet here, Chouhan alleged that the NBA is “emotionally exploiting” the poor. “Why don't they stand in water themselves? Why exploit the poor?” he asked, adding: “It's a conspiracy against development.”
Later, BJP state president Prabhat Jha said that the chief minister has made it clear that “those opposing development will not be tolerated”. He said, “Some people don't want development to take place in Madhya Pradesh. Water, power and irrigation are the three top requirements of the state.”
In his concluding speech on the final day of the state party meeting, Chouhan took a dig at the Congress on the issue of development. “Some people don't want that water comes to Nimar. But, this is our government's resolve that we will take Narmada to Nimar and Malwa irrespective of cost. There is no alternative to water,” he said. By January 2013, three-fourth villages of the state would be getting 24-hour power supply and by June all villages would have electricity.