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Politics heats up over lathi charge on women seeking water, Union minister criticizes Gehlot government


Jodhpur: The effect of canal closure is being seen in Jodhpur. On Sunday, police lathi-charged women who were protesting to demand water in Khokharia village near the city. Regarding this issue, Union Water Power Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat took to Twitter to lash out at the Gehlot government of the state regarding water management.

It is worth mentioning that due to the canal dam, there has been severe shortage of water in many areas of the city. On Sunday, about 50 women from Khokharia village near the city came to the Jodhpur-Jaipur highway around 12 noon and blocked the highway by pelting stones. For about one and a half hours, the women were sitting on the road and raising slogans against the district administration. Women also got into a fight with the drivers. Male personnel of Banad police station reached the spot and started talking to the women. But the women did not move off the highway. The women sat on the dharna for nearly an hour until 1.30 pm, by which time motorists had moved out of the single lane. Big vehicles were parked. Around 1.30 pm, the women had a heated argument with the police. After this, a policeman lathi-charged the woman agitator. A woman standing there made a video of this police action. The women said how could a man police lathi charge a woman who was asking for water.

The work of closing the canal is going on in Jodhpur. Water is not coming due to canal repair. Canal water is to reach from Punjab by June 8. In Khokharia village of Banad police station area, women have to face water problem on a daily basis. There was resentment among women as there was no alternative arrangement. Women took to the streets on Sunday. The agitating women said that they have been struggling against the water problem for a long time. For this, applications have been made from the district collector to the officials of the water supply department. Every time assurance is given, but no permanent solution is brought.

Union Water Power Minister Gajendrasinh Shekhawat targeted the Gehlot government by tweeting about the lathi charge on women. He wrote that “The only fault of these Jodhpur sisters is that they asked the government for water! The Modi government is working on mission mode to get the mothers, sisters and daughters of Rajasthan out of water woes, but the Gehlot government is not concerned at all. Despite receiving thousands of crores of rupees, the state government worked at a snail’s pace on the Jal Jeevan Mission. Negligence in spending the funds received from the Centre. The Congress also sees political gains and losses in bringing ‘tap water to every household’. Chief Minister’s attitude towards Jodhpur is colder because I am an MP from here and he doesn’t want public welfare works to be done here easily.