Some Yamuna marchers reject accord, to continue protest
Agra, March 14 : The "save Yamuna" movement launched to secure the release of water from Hathinikundi in Haryana into the river appears to have split: One group has accepted the agreement arrived at midnight Wednesday while the other says the protest will continue.
The group that has refused to accept the agreement that union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat and union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan signed with the protestors has threatened to continue the agitation at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Talking to IANS, Braj Raj Saran Maharaj, who along with the Barsana ascetic Ramesh Baba, has opposed the agreement, said: "One phase is over, but the main demand has not been met. We want water released from Hathinikund, the government wants to release a small quantity from some canal of the Ganga. This will not solve the problem."
He added that the group would offer the union government two months for the implementation of the assurances made Wednesday night, but would return to the protest mode with a bigger march to enforce its demands.
"They are refusing to release water from Hathinikund, which is the chief focus of our movement. We will, therefore, continue with the movement," Braj Raj Saran Maharaj said.