Mahadayi row: Congress not utilising the issue for political gain : Siddaramaiah

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 27, 2017

December 27: Demanding implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri project, farmer groups' on Wednesday called for a shutdown in north Karnataka.

The bandh called in various places like Gadag, Dharwad, Bagalkot, Hubballi, Bailahongala and neighbouring areas.

State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said elaborate security arrangements had been made to avoid any untoward incidents.

The heat of the agitations was felt in Hubballi city to a greater extent. "We want them to confirm that they will release the water for us", said Kurubara Shantakumar, member of the Karnataka Farmers Association. While the river originates from Karnataka, a major part of it flows in Goa.

The Karnataka government had earlier petitioned the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal which in its interim order had rejected the state's plea citing various grounds, including ecological damage the project may cause. The decision came after their meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president B.S. Yeddyurappa failed to achieve a breakthrough. "Ruling Congress party is provoking the farmers toagitate against BJP".

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On Tuesday, state BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa was unceremoniously booed by angry farmers who had gathered outside the party office in Bengaluru.

"The Siddaramaiah government doesn't have the capacity to resolve the issue". The BJP is in power in the Centre and it holds power in Goa.

Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress of "playing politics" on the issue. "But the parties are not interested in putting an end to the issue as they wish to continue playing politics", he said.

He said the new president of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, should write to the PM on the issue.

Goa's willingness to consider an amicable settlement to the issue now comes after Shah mediated a meeting between Parikkar and a BJP team from Karnataka in Delhi last week.

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