No Fire in Ganesh Krupa’s Kitchens Today

Late last night Shri Prithviraj Chavan, CM Maharashtra, phoned Medhatai Patkar. They both talked over the issues which had been discussed with Ratnakar Gaikwad, Chief Secretary and then Sachin Ahir, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development. Further decisions and consensus on the demands is awaited today.

Meanwhile, as Medhatai’s fast enters 8th day, she is feeling weaker than before, heart palpitation continues and she has developed burning sensations after vomiting. She has been unable to walk on her own.

Last night at a meeting of the activists, Ganesh Krupa Housing Society decided not to light fires in their kitchens, and also the community kitchen has been shut down from today onwards. It was also decided that there will be simultaneous dharnas in the city in different bastis from today onwards.

Medhatai Patkar said, “The ball is in their court now. We are waiting to hear from the Chief Minister. It is only a matter of political will.” Mahashweta Devi, Shri Tarun Mandal, SUCI MP from West Bengal, and many other eminent people from different organisations wrote to CM, PM and Ms. Sonia Gandhi in support of the demands of the ongoing agitation and asked them to intervene in view of deteriorating health of Medha Patkar.

Aruna Roy, Member, National Advisory Council, spoke to Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minster on the demands of the movement and urged them to hold dialogues and resolve the situation at the earliest.

Meanwhile, a number of people from different organisations visited the dharna site in solidarity. Dr. S Parasuraman, Director TISS; Shanti Patel, Ex-Mayor; Y P Singh, former police officer and lawyer; Advocate Mihir Desai, Anand Patwardhan, Film maker and many other eminent people came to the dharna site and supported the demands and expressed solidarity with the movement.

Meanwhile in Pune, Nasik, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, and Chennai, public meetings and demonstrations were organised.

Shanta Bai also joined the indefinite fast of Medha Patkar and Syed Zuber. Zuber is in good health and remains determined to get justice for his own family and for the community.

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