Siddaramaiah on BS Yeddyurappa's Mahadayi politics

Marsha Scott
December 25, 2017

It has been arguing with Tamil Nadu for decades over sharing of Cauvery waters.

Questioning the propriety behind Parrikar's letter, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said Goa chief minister's action is an insult to Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah as he was sidelined from the whole process.

On the other hand, the Goa Congress termed Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's openness for bilateral talks with Karnataka over the diversion of Mahadayi river water as an "anti-Goa" move. "Don't worry, I have been fighting the Mhadei issue very diligently and with all vigour", Parrikar replied when asked whether it is worthwhile to trust Karnataka, considering its past instances of violations.The Chief Minister said that Goa does not trust Congress chief minister of Karnataka hence the letter is written to Yedyurappa. Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa should meet at Bangalore on any convenient date in June 2017.

Rao also took a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his speech yesterday at Hubballi. Letters were followed up by my Chief Secretary.

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"Unfortunately there was no response from your side".

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. "The Chief Minister is resorting to such tactics to scare people, who speak against his government or jihadi activities in the state".

Ahead of the assembly elections early next year, BJP has started the exercise to resolve the issue. "BJP leaders from Goa like Parrikarji are also expected to join the election campaign there and the promise of diversion of drinking water will be an attractive poll promise", a senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity. "I may clarify that the state of Karnataka has claimed 14.98 TMC out of the dependable flow of 199 TMC at 75 per cent dependability (as estimated by the CWC in 2003) which includes drinking water needs in Hubbali Dharwad etc of 7.56 TMC (cleared by the central government in 2003) and 7 TMC out of the surplus flow for drought prone areas etc in the Malaprabha basin, " says the letter.

Activists gathered opposite the old Secretariat in Panjim and held a peaceful protest shouting slogans against the government decision that they said compromised the State on the Mhadei water dispute. But discussions over sharing Mahadayi water are sparking turbulence in Karnataka's politics.

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