Politics boils over relocation of Gandhi memorial

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jul 2017 11:22:06

Staff Reporter,

Politics has boiled over relocation of Mahatma Gandhi memorial in Barwani district. Congress is going to organise fast and dharna at district-level in State shortly in protest over the manner Gandhi memorial was removed by Barwani administration on Thursday.

Congress has asked all district presidents to organise fast and dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statues. The date of fast and dharna will be decided within one or two days. Congress also said to district presidents that wherever there is no statue of Mahatma Gandhi, there demonstration should be done at main squares to protest the Barwani incident.

Notably, Barwani administration had removed the Gandhi memorial from Rajghat as it is coming under submergence area of Sardar Sarovar dam. Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar and locals have tried to stonewall the move of administration to take away Gandhi memorial by JCB machine. They alleged that it was insult to father of nation as JCB machine’s hydraulic excavator was dirty. Congress has also reacted strongly over the matter.

However, administration sidelined the protest of people and shifted the excavated Gandhi memorial to safer place. By Friday, Barwani administration had given final touchesto the site where Gandhi memorial has been reinstalled. This Gandhi memorial carries the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai. Rajghat area of Barwani was the only place in the entire country were ashes of three great persons were conserved in a cube shaped stone known as Gandhi Memorial.