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Pawan Kalyan backs West Godavari villagers against food park

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Telugu film star and Janasena party founder Pawan Kalyan today extended support to struggle by residents of some villages in West Godavari district in against establishment of an aqua food park.

The activists, who spoke ahead of Kalyan at a press meet here, alleged that the food park being set up in the Godavari delta area in the district polluted a major canal that is lifeline to lakhs of people, including farmers and fishermen.

The factory is being set up without conducting any public opinion and that serious police cases are being filed against those fighting against the food park, they claimed.

Kalyan asked why the government and local MP and other MLAs did not respond adequately to the pleas of those opposed the aqua food park.

Why MP and party MLAs did not look into the fears of pollution of river at a time when Prime Minister Modi talked about cleaning the Ganga, he asked.

He also questioned the logic in imposing prohibitory orders in small villages.

"Don't make it like a Nandigram," the

actor-turned-politician said.

Noting that he is not opposed to industrial progress, Kalyan, however, suggested that the government consider shifting the food park to a different location.

His party would provide legal support and fight for justice to the affected people, he added.

Kalyan, who is hugely popular among youth, campaigned in support of the BJP-combine in the 2014 elections. His campaign is considered one of the major reasons for the success of the combine at the hustings.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 19:07 IST