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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury quoted from the Ramayana on Monday to ask Bihar voters to reject Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in assembly elections.

Addressing thousands of Left activists and leaders, Yechury expressed confidence that the people of Bihar would stop Modi’s “Ashwamedh horse”.

“Like Rama’s Ashwamedh horse was stopped by his two sons in the last phase of Ramayana, Modi’s Ashwamedh horse will be stopped by the farmers and workers of Bihar,” he said.

He also said that it was important to defeat the ruling Janata Dal-United as well as its allies–the RashtriyaJanata Dal and the Congress.

“There is a triangle before the people of Bihar. The first side is represented by the communal BJP-led NDA, which stand for Dusashan politics.

“The second is formed by the grand alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress which represent the Sinhasan politics.

“The third consists of the Left parties which have come up with an alternative to defeat the Dusashan and Sinhasan politics,” Yachury stated.

Attending the meeting were members of the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist, Forward Block, Socialist Unity Centre of India and the Revolutionary Socialist Party.

“Last week, the entire Modi government bowed before the RSS at a meeting, and reports suggest that the RSS has instructed Modi’s government to implement its agenda,” Yechury said.

The BJP was trying hard to polarize Hindu votes in its favor and would fuel communal tension in Bihar in the coming days, he added.

Yechury termed the alliance of the JD-U, the RJD and the Congress as an opportunistic one.

“They have been using caste for politics and vote.”

(With inputs from INAS)


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A Clean Ganga Not Possible Without Continuous Flow: Green

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made

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The Holy River Ganga in Haridwar, Source: Pixabay

By Bappaditya Chatterjee

The Centre’s efforts to rejuvenate the Hindu holy river have failed to impress environmentalists, who feel a clean Ganga will remain a distant dream due to the Modi government’s failure to ensure the continuous flow of the river.

“Nothing has been done for ensuring a continuous flow of the river and also for its rejuvenation by the Narendra Modi government. Continuity is of supreme importance as the holy river has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit for many years. But the Centre is trying to treat its teeth,” said Magsaysay awardee and a member of the erstwhile National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), Rajendra Singh.

Spending crores of rupees for beautification of ghats has been “wastage of the public exchequer” because “without ensuring a continuous flow, clean Ganga will continue to remain a distant dream”, said Rajendra Singh, who goes by the sobriquet “Waterman of India”.

 

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River Ganga is one of the holiest rivers in India. Pixabay

Soon after assuming office, the Modi government rolled out its flagship “Namami Gange” mission at an estimated budget Rs 20,000 crore to clean and protect the Ganga.

 

Under Namami Gange, 254 projects worth Rs 24,672 crore have been sanctioned for various activities such as construction of sewage infrastructure, ghats, development of crematoria, river front development, river surface cleaning, institutional development, biodiversity conservation, afforestation, rural sanitation and public participation.

According to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, 131 projects out of 254 were sanctioned for creating 3,076 MLD (million litre per day) new sewage treatment plants (STPs), rehabilitating 887 MLD of existing STPs and laying 4,942 km of sewer lines for battling pollution in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

 

River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river.
River Ganga is also the most polluted river.

Till November-end of the 2018-19 fiscal, the National Mission for Clean Ganga released Rs 1,532.59 crore to the states and the Central Public Sector Undertakings for implementing the programme and meeting establishment expenditure.

Rajendra Singh said: “Ganga wants freedom today. There is no need for any barrage or dam. We want building of dams and any constructions on the river be stopped.”

 

Echoing Singh, another member of the now dissolved NGRBA, K.J. Nath, said the flow of the river had been obstructed at many locations and its own space (flood plains) encroached upon at multiple places in the name of riverfront development.

However, Jayanta Bandyopadhayay, a former Professor of IIM-Calcutta and presently Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, said the success or otherwise of initiatives and projects of any government in cleaning the Ganga cannot be judged in a five-year time frame.

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Managing a river like the Ganga, the lifeline of a very large number of people, is socio-technically a very complex issue and should be addressed with deep interdisciplinary knowledge, he added.

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made from the one dimensional perspective of rivers by engineers, political leaders, policymakers and others to a multidimensional and interdisciplinary one. (IANS)