NBA leader Medha Patkar’s health worsens, rejects Chouhan’s appeal to end fast

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and about a dozen NBA activists are protesting against the Madhya Pradesh government over the rehabilitation of people affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

bhopal Updated: Aug 04, 2017 23:32 IST
Ranjan and Chhotu Shastri
Ranjan and Chhotu Shastri
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Dhar
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Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar during her indefinite fast seeking proper rehabilitation of the families which would be displaced following closing of the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada at Chidhalda village in Dhar district on Wednesday. (PTI)

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and others activists, who are protesting against the Madhya Pradesh government over the rehabilitation of people affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project, have rejected chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s appeal to end their fast on indefinite fast.

Even as Patkar and about a dozen NBA activists’ fast entered the 9th day at Chikhlada in Dhar district on Thursday, Chouhan tweeted addressing Medha Patkar: “I am concerned about your and your supporters’ health. My humble request to you all is to end your fast.”

Chouhan chose the occasion to underline his commitment too towards Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) affected people saying it was his duty to take care of all the displaced people’s concern and that he and entire administration stood by them.

Chouhan also said he himself had talked to the displaced and issued instructions to (administration) to take care of their need.

Chouhan was followed by his ministerial colleagues home minister Bhupendra Singh and minister of state for MSME Sanjay Pathak who also underlined the state government’s concern for the displaced people and also the compensation package announced for them.

However, the protestors were hardly impressed with CM’s appeal and announcements.

Patkar refused to entertain the CM’s appeal and continued her fast.

Talking to the Hindustan Times over phone, NBA activist C Bhagirath said they didn’t listen to the CM’s appeal as his words on rehabilitation sounded hollow.

“He is in habit of making announcements for the past 12 years but in reality it is hardly implemented. He often gives misleading statements. For instance, he has announced giving Rs 5.80 lakh to each of the affected families but the fact is the amount is to be given to only those people who are covered under Prime Minister housing scheme”, he added.

Meanwhile, Patkar’s condition showed signs of deterioration during a medical check-up done on Friday. Three other women’s condition too deteriorated, who are on indefinite fast with Patkar.

Patkar’s blood pressure was found below normal and ketone level in her blood was also found on higher side.

The doctor who conducted the medical check-up advised hospitalization of Patkar but she refused to be admitted to any hospital saying the administration should take care of those being displaced due to submergence instead of her and others who are on fast, said official sources.

Additional district magistrate Dhar DK Nagendra said Patkar cooperated with the medical team for the check-up and they were keeping a watch on her condition.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 23:32 IST