Mahadayi: BJP makes its first political move in Karnataka

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 21, 2017

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership made its first move, after Gujarat election victory, in the poll bound Karnataka by bringing two state party leaders — Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddiyurappa to settle the Mahadayi river issue.

Parallelly on Thursday, BJP leadership brought in Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to boost its image in north Karnataka at the on going Karnataka Parivarthana Yatra at Hubballi.

Parrikar’s move

Parrikar moved one step forward and issued a letter towards considering the request of Karnataka to release water from Mahadayi for drinking purpose.

In his letter, Parrikar wrote “The Government of Goa understands that access to drinking water is a basic human need. Hence it is to confirm it to you that on humanitarian ground. The Government of Goa is willing to consider the request to work out an amicable settlement strictly restricted to drinking water only to drought prone areas.”

He further wrote, “It is needless to mention that the discussion shall be without prejudice to our rights and contention before the hon’ble tribunal, none of which are even touched by this letter.”

Fooling people

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, coming down heavily on BJP leader Yeddyurppa on Mahadayi issue, alleged BJP leaders of lying to the people of the State by claiming to have resolved the issue.

Siddaramaiah said “BJP leadership meddling in Mahadayi river issue is nothing but an attempt to fool the public. Who is Yeddyurappa to claim to have resolved the issue? What authority does he have to end it? The only person who can resolve the issue is the Prime Minister. Obviously, Yeddyurappa is not the Prime Minister.”

The meeting of Parrikar and Yeddiyurappa was at the insistence of BJP national president Amit shah to settle the Mahadayi river issue and to comfort the state party unit during the forth coming assembly elections. The Kalasa-Bandura nala project is to improve drinking water in few north Karnataka districts. The project which got MoEF clearance in 2002 later landed in court. Goa, which feels threatened that its perennial water source could dry up, took Karnataka to the Mahadayi water dispute tribunal.

Yogi Adityanath said Karnataka was an important state that should be freed of Congress rule, sooner than later. “Congress is now getting caste based and more communal. It is appeasing minorities in the name of Tipu Sultan. This party is trying to imprison people of Karnataka on caste and communal grounds and it will be defeated in 2018 Assembly election.”

He alleged Karnataka being such important State in the Indian economy, was being undermined by a corrupt Congress government. “There is serious law and order situation in this state, while the government is going against the wishes of people who oppose cow slaughter. There is virtual anarchy in this state and this will end when BJP wins power after 2018 Assembly polls.”

Published on December 21, 2017
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