Forty-four villagers from the adjoining villages of Ghogalgaon joined the Jal Satyagraha on Thursday, giving the movement a further stimulus on the 20th day of the agitation.
But locals of Kelva Bujurg and Bada Kelva villages, located just 5km from the agitation site, feel the agitation was gradually losing its momentum.
Villagers feel that with political parties, like the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, joining forces with the satyagrahis, “the seriousness of the civic movement was losing ground.”
Accusing the political parties of trying to hijack the movement, the villagers say that the movement had become successful in 2012 as no political parties were involved in it.
"Many villagers in Kelva Bujurg got compensation and they happily shifted to other places dismantling their houses,” Narayan Dangode, 60, resident of Kelva Bujurg said.
“Many who did not get compensation have decided to provide outside support to agitation, as they feel that political parties are trying to hijack the issue for their own interest," Dangode further said.
Another farmer, Vijendra Singh Chandel, 35, from the village, said every coin has two sides.
“A few farmers are losing their lands (after the height of the Omkereshwar dam was raised), but many are getting irrigation facilities through the canal network. Apart from this, many dry wells were replenished as ground water level rose after the dam backwater came closer to their village," Chandel added.
“Every villager has a democratic right to agitate for their demands, but political parties should keep benefits of villagers in their mind rather than doing petty politics on such serious issues,” Chandel further said.