Parrikar soft to K'taka plea for Mhadei water

Parrikar soft to K'taka plea for Mhadei water

Parrikar soft to K'taka plea for Mhadei water

"Be that as it may, I once again request that we, the chief ministers of the three states of Mahadayi basin - Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa - meet on any convenient date at the earliest so as to try and arrive at a negotiated settlement".

The farmers claimed that they do not belong to any political party and some of them also appreciated the BJP leaders efforts to solve the dispute, but urged them to put pressure on the Goa government to release water. Mhadei, known as the Mandovi in Goa, is known as a lifeline in the northern Karnataka, where it originates, passes through Maharashtra briefly and drains into the Arabian Sea at Panaji.

"Chief Minister's stand that in principle, Goa will not oppose reasonable and justified quantum of drinking water to Karnataka from Mhadei on humanitarian grounds is unrealistic and will be harmful for the state", state Congress president Shantaram Naik told IANS.

However, Mr Yeddyurappa, who is now on tour of Haveri, asked the protestors to stage agitation in front of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's residence and shift their agitation venue immediately.

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Social and environment activists protested in the State capital on Saturday demanding that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar withdraw the letter given to the Karnataka BJP on the Mhadei issue. "However, unfortunately, there was no response from your side".

Karnataka Congress has been very critical of BJP on the issue saying the Karnataka BJP leaders went ahead to resolve the matter overlooking chief minister Siddaramaih.

Soon after becoming Chief Minister in 2012, Parrikar had asserted that he would not listen to his party's Central leadership, if they press him to sacrifice Goa's interests on the dispute. "As party president Amit Shahji has right to hold joint meeting and discuss", he stated, expressing confidence that by the time bilateral discussion works out, "BJP will be in power in Karnataka".Karnataka will hold the Assembly elections in 2018. The state has demanded that Goa should allow the transfer of over seven TMC water to tide over its irrigation and drinking water needs. If the people of Karnataka ask the people of Goa and we have a good discussion on this, readily we will supply water, but not in this way. This is bound to intensify as elections are due in Karnataka next year.

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