Patkar?s condition worsens

THE CONDITION of fasting Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar worsened as efforts of Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz to persuade her to end her indefinite hunger strike failed again today. She also turned down an appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to break her fast.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 13:13 IST
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THE CONDITION of fasting Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar worsened as efforts of Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz to persuade her to end her indefinite hunger strike failed again today. She also turned down an appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to break her fast.

Patkar, who is adamant on meeting her demand of rehabilitating all families displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and abandoning the plan to raise its height by another ten metres, refused the plea of Soz on the seventh day of the agitation.

Even the Minister’s assurance that he will travel to the Dam site to take stock of the NBA demands did not deter Ms Patkar and her two colleagues who are on hunger strike with her.Ms Patkar today received a stream of visitors who extended solidarity with her.

Among those who came were former Prime Minister V P Singh, Booker prize-winning author and anti-dam activist Arundhati Roy, women’s rights activist Mohini Giri, socialist leaders Surendra Mohan and Manju Mohan and ultra Left wing leader Kumudini Pati. Yesterday, Ms Patkar rejected a glass of fruit juice Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent to her saying she would not compromise the cause of people being uprooted for a dam in Narmada Valley.

In an effort to make the NBA leader and her two associates give up their six-day-old fast, the Prime Minister had sent Minister of State in his office Prithviraj Chavan, Soz and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar to her pavement dharna site outside Jantar Mantar yesterday afternoon.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 13:13 IST