July 07, 2024
Delhi: CPI(M) Protests against Water Crisis

THE CPI(M) Delhi state committee organised a protest on June 28, at the lieutenant governor's office protesting against the water crisis in the city. Addressing the demonstration, CPI(M) state secretariat member, Rajeev Kunwar said the LG is acting as a BJP agent, siding with the Haryana government, and using the water crisis to politically attack the Aam Aadmi Party. CITU state secretary, Anurag Saxena criticised the LG for banning private water tankers without providing any alternative solutions, thereby worsening the crisis. He urged the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party to stop their political games and focus on the needs of Delhi’s residents. Despite Delhi’s growing population, there have been no new appointments at the Delhi Jal Board to address the increasing water demand. The BJP's push for contract appointments and privatisation is undermining the much-popular free water scheme by labelling it inefficient and wasteful.

Asha Sharma, state secretary of the Janwadi Mahila Samiti of Delhi, highlighted the struggles of the poor, who are caught between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party’s political conflicts. She pointed out the lack of clean water supply in the slums and how even a day’s rain leads to severe waterlogging in Delhi. She warned the LG to make immediate arrangements for clean water or face a major agitation by the CPI(M) in the coming days. The protest was also addressed by DYFI state secretary Aman Saini and SFI acting secretary Suraj Elamon.