New Delhi: The CPI today appealed to social activist Medha Patkar to withdraw her indefinite fast seeking rehabilitation of nearly 40,000 families whose homes and lands will be submerged once the water in the Sardar Sarovar Dam is discharged.

“We are in solidarity with her cause and have been raising the issue in Parliament. We will continue to fight for it,” party National Secretary D Raja said here.

He also asked the government not to take any step to forcibly remove the protestors from the site in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh. Patkar and 12 affected people have been on fast which entered the eighth day today.

Noting that Patkar’s health was deteriorating because of the fast, Raja said, “We appeal to her to reconsider the decision and withdraw her indefinite fast. We need her in these challenging times.”

Renowned American historian and philosopher Noam Chomsky has recently come out in support of the Narmada Valley s project affected people by signing an online petition seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention in ensuring justice for those “threatened” by submergence due to the Sardar Sarovar project.

PTI