Uma Bharti urges country`s leadership to save Ganga
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 18:02
Haridwar: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti, who has been fasting here since May 9 over the issues related to river Ganga, on Sunday urged the country's top leadership to join hands for saving the pious river.

Noting that river Ganga is not a political issue but a matter of faith and heritage, Bharti appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader LK Advani and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to take steps that will help protecting the river.

After taking a dip in Ganga at Har-Ki-Pauri here, she told reporters that it is everyone's duty to make sincere efforts for its protection.

She claimed that no representative of the Centre had contacted her so far since she began her fast.

"Since Ganga is not an issue that can attract votes in the election, it seems the Centre does not want to think or do beyond vote bank politics," former BJP leader said.

Bharti began her fast at Chandighat area demanding review of hydropower projects especially in eco-sensitive Himalayan region, enactment of a law in Parliament declaring Ganga as national heritage as well as withdrawal of proposal of shifting of ancient Dhari Devi temple at Srinagar Garhwal due to construction of 330 Mw Alaknanda project.

She, however, decided to take juice and other liquid diets on May 18 on the assurance of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank that Dhari Devi temple would not be shifted.

Later, she announced that with the acceptance of her demand by Nishank, her first leg of agitation had been completed and she would gherao Parliament during the coming monsoon session to press for her other demands.


First Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 18:02

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