Tribal civil rights body "celebrates" victory of woman sarpanch in South Gujarat

Victory of Manjulaben Lalsinhbhai Rathwa in the election of sarpanch of Gram Panchayat in Zer village, Chhotaudepur district, is the occasion to celebrate for the civil rights body working among tribal farmers of South Gujarat, Adivasi Kisan Sangharsh Manch (AKSM), AKSM convener Romal Sutaria has said, adding, the victory has come about because AKSM “tirelessly” worked for developmental issues related with education, health, roads and land acquisition.
The victory has also come, claims Sutaria, amidst “false cases” being registered against AKSM workers after spreading “fake news” such as infiltration of red terror in Chhotaudaipur. This was done in order “to hinder the growth of the organization in the region”, he says, adding, however, this did not deter AKSM workers, and they ensured the victory of Manjulaben. The election campaign suggested that AKSM proved to be a medium to uphold the rights of the people and maintain unity.

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