Issue Date: Jun 30, 1996
In the 1996 ninth general elections in India, water as an issue figured prominently in at least nine states. Among them
all, Nalgonda in the Telengana
region in Andhra Pradesh takes the cake.
Nearly 500 farmers of the Telengana
Jalasadra Samakhiya filed nomination
papers, aiming to disrupt the electoral
process to protest against the
non-implementation of the Srikakulam Left
Bank Canal and the Sriramsagar-II irrigation
projects, which had figured as issues in
the past elections too.
Similarly, in Modakurichy in Tamil Nadu,
1,029 people had filed nominations
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