Nothing wrong in Karnataka diverting Mhadei: Parrikar

PTI, PANAJI | 07 June 2012 12:20 IST

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said there was nothing wrong in Karnataka's attempts to divert the Mhadei river waters because the BJP government in the neighbouring state was just defending their rights.

"What they (Karnataka) are doing is right because they are defending their rights," Parrikar told reporters here.

The CM, however said he will fight for the interest of Goa.

"I will be defending my rights. We have moved the Supreme Court pleading for directives to give adequate resources for the inter-state water dispute tribunal," he said.

Both the states have been locked in a water dispute over the diversion of Mhadei river water, which originates in Karnataka and meets Arabian Sea near Panaji in Goa.

When asked whether he will try to work out an amicable situation over the dispute, Parrikar said any government in Karnataka, either BJP or non-BJP, will have the same approach towards Mhadei river diversion.

"Their attitude would be the same," he said. Don't two brothers fight over property ? Same way both BJP governments are fighting over Mhadei, he commented.

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