NBA supporters seek meeting with Sonia
About 20 activists supporting the NBA agitation gathered outside Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi.india Updated: May 26, 2006 17:21 IST
After knocking at the doors of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, NBA supporters are now seeking an audience with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to impress upon her the need for immediate rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar dam oustees in view of early onset of monsoon.
About 20 activists supporting the NBA agitation gathered outside Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi hoping to meet the UPA Chairperson to handover representations demanding rehabilitation of over 35,000 families, but were disappointed when they did not get an appointment.
"Congress party and Sonia Gandhi should take a moral and political stand on this issue as the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA favours rehabilitation of project-affected people before commencement of any work," Shivani Chowdhary, an NBA activist said.
They said the height of the dam should not be allowed to increase before total rehabilitation of the affected people and urged the Government to take a decision on this issue before the onset of monsoon.
"The Shunglu Committee set up by the Prime Minister into the issue is likely to submit its report by the end of June, but the monsoon will arrive before that and people in the Narmada Valley just do not have the time," she added.