The new ‘water war’ confronts Puig with the Government of Sánchez

Valencia

24/05/2021 – 21:37

The Valencian government of the left-wing coalition chaired by Ximo Puig has not been able to avoid having to get wet in one of the endemic problems that drags the south of the Valencian Community: guaranteeing the supply of water for agricultural use. A vital issue for Alicante agriculture, which is also one of the workhorses that the Valencian PP has traditionally made its own.

The Generalitat Valenciana finally joined yesterday the protest concentration called by the irrigators of the Tajo-Segura transfer and which includes agricultural producers from Alicante, Murcia and Almería who receive water from that water infrastructure.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mireia Mollà, was in charge of claiming the rally at the doors of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge in Madrid. “We say not to cut a drop of water,” said the counselor who belongs to Compromís, who assured that the central government’s plan “poses a certain threat of a cut that conditions the water supply and the future of a strategic sector. in the Valencian Community as the agri-food industry “.

A claim that has placed the Valencian Government behind a banner contrary to the current Executive of Pedro Sánchez’s coalition, with which Ximo Puig himself has wanted to publicly maintain a continuous harmony and mutual support in recent months. The Valencian opposition to the announcement of the ministry led by Teresa Ribera to modify the current flows of the Tajo-Segura transfer places the regional government of socialists, Compromís and Podemos on the same front as the autonomies of Murcia and Andalusia, governed by the PP.

The speech of the Murcian president himself, the popular Fernando López Miras, who in his case attended the protest in Madrid in person, was very similar to that of Valencia. Miras called on Pedro Sánchez to listen to “the cry of 2.5 million Spaniards” who live largely from agriculture and who also need water every day in their homes.

The front can also harm the socialist ranks, since the main defender of the measures approved by the Ribera department is the Castilian president of La Mancha, the also socialist Emiliano García-Page, who has made it clear that his objective is the definitive end of the transfer since he considers that his region is also part of dry Spain.

Territorial conflict

A clear symbol once again that the issue of water and transfers has become a territorial war beyond ideologies and political signs. In the case of the left-wing coalition that occupies the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig also does not want this confrontation to become a new hotbed of votes for the Valencian PP, which for years used the slogan of “water for all” as a great claim.

And more when everything points to his popular rival for the electoral battle in two years, Carlos Mazón, will come from Alicante. The current president of the Alicante Provincial Council has already accused the Valencian Government of being too lukewarm in defending water for Alicante.

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