- Gujarat overcome with water crisis, needs more Narmada water
- Madhya Pradesh refuses with eye on election later this year
- Farmers furious, 5 shot dead last year in clashes with police
Both states have been governed by the BJP for at least 15 years, but when Madhya Pradesh recently shot down neighbour Gujarat’s request for more water from the River Narmada, nobody was surprised.
“Narendra Modi came to my village and said ‘the farmers of Gujarat can harvest gold by using Narmada water.’ That was before the assembly election in December,” said Valji-bhai, a farmer in Saurashtra’s Jamnagar district. “But now that the election is over, instead of getting more water, our existing supply is also being cut off.”
The monsoon five months ago was a generous one compared to recent years. But Gujarat is headed for its worst water…