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Jal Sansad organized during Maha Kumbh
Holding colourful banners, flags and leaflets in their hands hundreds of poor farmer men, women and children from the Ganga and Jamuna valley Wednesday marched to Sangam city. Organized by All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) they held Jal Sansad, appealing to lakhs of Kalpvasis and devotees from all over India, who were here in the hope of achieving liberation from troubles, to have faith in their unity and struggles to prevent loot of water and other natural resources essential for their living.

They emphasised that the importance of rivers lay in the development and advancement of human life. Farming, food grains, vegetables, fruits, drinking water, cleaning, sand mining, fishing, safe environment and ecology, all are provided for by rivers. Water is the elixir of life. Today big corporations, MNCs and local mafia are gaining control over river resources and government policy is favouring them. Hence people should unite to save rivers and water, otherwise, unbridled control and exploitation by profit seekers will destroy peoples’ life.

The participants raised slogans, such as"Protect life around rivers, Stop control of rivers by MNCs", "Stop attack on river bed agriculture, fishing, sand trade and ferrying", "Stop snatching river water in the name of providing jobs and electricity", "Don’t attack peoples' life by drying up rivers, canals, farming", "Thermal Power displaces lakhs of people, Provide for Solar energy", "Stop raising water table and destroying drinking water resources by drying up rivers", "NTPC promise of jobs is a hoax, attaking farms and land is the crux", etc.

The local bands, Rahi, Kamta and Gaindlal of Parivartan Sanskritic Manch sang songs, "Jangal Zameen becha, Bech diha paniha, bikai jaye hey bahini naak ki nathaniya", "Bahut saha hai ab na sahenge, ham teri manmani ko, Sattadhari band karo, kyon bech rahe ho pani ko", "Jamuna ka pani NTPC bare jayee, tohe bathai mithva, jamuna jhuraye jai, tohe bathai mithva," and others.

The appeal also went out to religious gurus, sadhus, mahants and sants to not remain limited to asking for water during shahi snans only. If mafia and corporates control rivers, people living around Ganga and Jamuna will face starvation and joblessness.

Those who spoke at the Jal Sansad included Dr. Ashish Mital, Com Heeralal, Ram Kailash Kushwaha, Phulchand Nishad, Suresh Nishad, Dhanpatti, Gurudin, Sri. O.D. Singh, Sri Rajeev Chandel.

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