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Save Ganga activist threatens another fast

VARANASI: Raking up the issue of Ganga river preservation, noted environmentalist Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand today said he would again sit on fast-unto-death if outcome of the scheduled meet of

Published: 05th April 2012 10:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:20 PM   |  A+A-

VARANASI: Raking up the issue of Ganga river preservation, noted environmentalist Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand today said he would again sit on fast-unto-death if outcome of the scheduled meet of National Ganga River Basin Authority on April 17 is not satisfactory.

The Swami also said that he was yet to receive invitation for the scheduled meet, and threatened of an early fast if he was not intimated about the same by tomorrow.

"The construction work on hydel projects on the streams of Ganga have not stopped yet despite Centre's assurance," Swami alleged.

Sanand had called off his 15-day long fast on March 23 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in presence of Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal after he received a written agreement from the Central government.

However, he did not take solid food and is still on liquid diet.

The Centre, in the agreement, had promised that it will look into measures for Ganga conservation, and will ensure its unimpeded flow and cleanliness.

The Swami said there was no formal invitation from the Central government on the proposed meeting on April 17.

"If a decision does not come out in favour of Ganga River , I will again sit on fast before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," Swami said.

Convener of Ganga Seva Abiyanam Swami Avimukteshwaranad Saraswati, on the other hand, said we'll take a decision on the issue if the government fails to assure us of its course of action within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam also joined the Ganga Seva Abhiyanam yesterday and said Congress respects feelings of the mass for the river.



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