Parrikar didn’t assure out-of-court settlement on Mhadei: CM

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 14 January 2016 13:01 IST

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar once again clarified that Goa will not go for out-of-court settlement on Mhadei water diversion issue.

The issue was raised by independent MLA Vijai Sardesai with reference to the public assurance given by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a function held in Dharwad, Karnataka.

Replying to the Zero Hour mention made by him, Parsekar said he spoke to Parrikar, who said that his statement was distorted by the media.

Parrikar agrees that he said Mhadei issue is not like India-Pakistan issue, said the CM, where there would not be talks, but has definitely not assured out-of-court settlement.

Journalists belonging to almost all the media organisations had quoted Parrikar that he would take initiative in having bilateral talks between Goa and Karnataka, provided Karnataka chief minister takes the lead for talks.

Some media organisations had also quoted that Parrikar had assured the citizens’ committee, who gave him a memorandum, that he would try for out-of-court settlement.

But CM Parsekar today clarified that neither Parrikar had given such assurance nor he will go for it.

The issue of Mhadei water diversion is presently before the tribunal while Karnataka has built canals to divert water to Malprabha River.

The tribunal has presently stayed the construction of canal.

Meanwhile, Karnataka has gone offensive with public actions to meet drinking water problem in Dharwad and surrounding areas.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has sought an appointment with his Goa counterpart, but Parsekar has not responded to the proposal of bilateral talks till date. 

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