New Delhi: Still waiting for a positive and concrete response from the Union government, ascetics and farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar to save river Yamuna have decided to accelerate their campaign. To provide echoes to their campaign, the protestors have decided to hold a Mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar on May 1.

Renowned priests of the country along with farmers from 72 districts of Uttar Pradesh will attend the Mahapanchayat. The future strategy for the campaign will be decided after consulting the issue with the participants.

In their campaign to save river Yamuna from pollution and depleting water level, Brajbhoomi devotees along with farmers have been staging a protest at Jantar Mantar since the last 11 days. Although the campaign has started to reverberate in different parts of the country, the Union Government is yet to announce a concrete plan to save the historical river.

Ascetics claimed that they had to call off their fast unto death protest, after an assurance from government officials to form a committee for the release of water in the Yamuna. However, they were disappointed that even after forming the committee, there has been no further development.

According to priests, “There has been an unwarranted delay, and the department has been extending the date for the release of water from Hathni Kund Barrage.”

Meanwhile, social activist Rajendra Singh popularly known as "Jal Purush" has warned the government that it should not test the tolerance of devotees and farmers. He said, “Priests are not demanding anything special, but they are merely requesting the government to comply with court orders made eight years back which ordered the release of water in Yamuna.”

Farmer leader, Pradeep Tyagi said, “If a final decision on release of water in the river is not taken by May 1, farmers of 72districts will gather here for Mahapanchayat to accelerate the movement.”

(JPN/Bureau)