Karnataka splits over Mhadei, BJP's 'Ekla Chalo Re'

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 30 August 2015 20:55 IST

Karnataka has split over taking ahead the struggle for diversion of Mhadei waters to Malprabha river.

The Karnataka unit of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to go alone, with its own actions, distancing itself from the ruling Congress as well as JD (S).

The BJP is however ruling in Goa as well as at the centre.

Goa is presently fighting a legal battle before the water dispute tribunal while all parties had recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to mediate for ‘out of court settlement.’

Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had rejected this proposal and preferred to wait for the tribunal to decide.

The Times of India, from Huballi, has reported that the Karnataka BJP has decided to hold hunger strike and morchas in Navalgund since, they feel, Congress and JD (S) is politicising the issue.

Following in the Times of India report of a public meeting held yesterday:

Addressing a public meeting here on Saturday, BJP Karnataka state unit president Pralhad Joshi said that the party has decided to give a fitting reply to Congress and JD(S), who have been politicizing the issue for their gain. 

"Though we supported the protests in principle, we had maintained a distance with the intention of not politicizing the issue. Now we have realized that Congress and JD(S) are targeting BJP. They should realize that it was BJP, which raised the issue in the Lok Sabha first and it started construction of the canal," he claimed. 

He claimed that UPA government made the issue difficult by filing an affidavit to stop construction of the canal. "We have been meeting irrigation ministers of the Union government since a decade. We got positive response from Premdas Munshi, who was irrigation minister in the UPA government. Congress has forgotten all these happenings and now trying defame Prime Minister Modi," he alleged. 

On CM's remarks over alleged silence of Shettar and himself at the all-party meeting, Joshi said Siddaramaiah was taking a short nap when he and Shettar spoke to the PM. 

 

He came down heavily on JD(S) leaders and termed them as anti-North Karnataka. "There was a seat for Deve Gowda, just next to the PM in the meeting. But, Deve Gowda did not come with us. HD Kumaraswamy, who was busy campaigning for BBMP elections, stayed away from the meeting citing illness. It was the same Deve Gowda who tried to grab SWR headquarters from Hubballi and the same Kumaraswamy, who was CM then, who remained absent from inauguration of construction work of Kalasa-Banduri Nala," he alleged. 

He further said that the party is committed to implement the project. "To express our concern, we will start an indefinite hunger strike in Navalgund from Monday. Before that MLA Aravind Bellad will observe a hunger strike for a day on Sunday in Dharwad. After conclusion of Raita Chaitanya Yatra, being conducted by BJP to condemn the failure of state government in handling farmers' problems, we will hold Kalasa-Banduri Jagruti Yatra in Navalgund and Nargund taluks on a daily basis till the government files an interim application before the Mahadayi tribunal," he said. 

Opposition leader in the assembly Jagadish Shettar mentioned that the government was supposed to file an interim application 15 months ago, but, so far it has not. MLAs Basavaraj Bommai, Aravind Bellad and others were present in the meeting. Before this, BJP workers took out a padayatra from Indira Glass House to Moorusavir Mutt. 

Original Report

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