Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed Hanumaan Prasad Sharma, Vice President, Lok Raj Sangathan, on the ongoing struggle of the peasants in Rajasthan. We are publishing the excerpts of the interview.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL): What is the background of the current struggle?
Hanuman Prasad Sharma (HPS): People had lots of expectations from the BJP government in Rajasthan which was elected to power with a huge majority two and half year back.
In spite of the fact that the BJP, is ruling in all the three states – Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab, the people of Rajasthan are not getting their due share of water. Everywhere farmers are rising in struggle and their struggle is sought to be crushed with lathi and bullets. The farmers located around the first phase of Indira Gandhi canal are being devastated. Due to the problem of leakage and breakages, as a result of poor constructionquality in this and the other linking canals, the peasants have been ruined. The peasants have been waging a struggle against this problem year after year, but the government is sleeping like the giant “kumbakarna”. The farmers have been demanding Eta-Singersaar minor canal for past more than 35 years. Government after government, have been reneging on their promises they make during the elections.
For the complete interview please click the link - An interview with Hanumaan Prasad Sharma, Vice President, Lok Raj Sangathan (excerpts)