Rajkot: Siddharth Parmar, a former BJP MLA, now a Dalit Mahasangh worker, staged a dharna outside the SCA Stadium hours before the start of the Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL tie yesterday to protest against the tournament being held here given the drought-like situation in the region.
SCA secretary Niranjan Shah claims the water used for maintaining the grounds is not government-supplied and the association has made its own arrangements. Representation Pic/Thinkstock
The protesters demanded that the SCA adopt a few villages or provide water to nearby villages from the stadium's pump and well.
Realising the seriousness of the situation, SCA secretary Niranjan Shah and other officials came out to meet the agitators. Shah asked them to approach the civic authorities with their demand for water, and told them that SCA used water for ground maintenance from its own water resources.