“Thousands Drowning, Dam Filled For 1 Person”: Medha Patkar’s Barb At PM……

            Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters, social activist Medha Patkar who is leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan has said that PM Modi’s birthday celebrations overshadowed the grief of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project. Ms Patkar has alleged that around 192 villages in three districts of Madhya Pradesh — Dhar, Barwani and Alirajpur — were marooned after the Gujarat government raised the water level of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to 138.68 metres. “Prime Minister Modi’s birthday has been celebrated like a festival, but the affected people are yet to be rehabilitated. The water level in the dam was raised ahead of its schedule as Modi’s birthday falls on September 17,” Ms Patkar told IANS on Tuesday. Ms Patkar has alleged that the people affected by the dam have not been compensated despite the Supreme Court’s direction. She said that the Madhya Pradesh government has claimed that it is yet to receive the compensation amount of Rs. 1,857 crore from the Gujarat government. Ms Patkar blamed the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for the problems of those affected by the dam. “Shivraj government claimed to have completed the rehabilitation programme and submitted a zero-balance affidavit which is not correct. This way they have snatched away the rightful that belonged to the affected families,” she said.