The number of positive cases of Covid-19 crossed 100 on Thursday. Many places in the Damoh constituency, people have put up banners of “pani nai toh vote nahi” in protest against water scarcity.
People in many areas in the constituency, Damoh city and its neighbouring regions, have threatened to boycott the polling if water scarcity continues. Many regions of the district face water scarcity on a regular basis. Posters and banners with the message “ Pani nahi toh vote nahi” have come up.
Ramesh Kushwah, a farmer growing vegetables near Damoh said, “this year’s water crisis started in early March. Politicians and bureaucrats know about the scarcity”. He said that the elections were the right time to raise the issue.
Ravi Jain, a trader, said, issues like water scarcity affect the business also. “Farmers need to have good harvest to make the market vibrant.”
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had addressed as many as six meetings in Damoh and tried to address the issues of development including the availability of water. He has promised piped water in the constituency and also reminded them of Rs 700 crore sanctioned for drinking water project in the region. But in the run up to elections, people in Damoh were getting plenty of water. Water was being supplied not only by the local civic body but the BJP and Congress candidates were also vigil and ensuring supply by tankers.