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Farmers' protest continues at BJP office in Bengaluru

27 December, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. DH file

The agitators have been demanding Yeddyurappa to address them and were not prepared to meet any other party leader.

The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddiyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.

It is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

Meantime, the Shiv Sena, the BJP's ally in Maharashtra, has jumped into the Mahadayi row and shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to stop the diversion of water by Karnataka.

The project involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi river, to divert 7.56 tmc ft water of to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region.

Yeddyurappa had promised to get a written agreement by December 15 for resolving the issue.




The Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said bilateral talks over sharing drinking water from the Mahadayi river with Karnataka will be held only after the Karnataka elections.

He had also pointed out that the matter was pending before the Mahadayi tribunal.

Experts like Dr. Nandakumar Kamat, who was a part of the Water Resources Ministry's experts' panel, which articulated the Goa Government's policy on the Mhadei water dispute issue, also said that agreeing to Karnataka's demand now, would mean to forever weaken the State Government's case at the Tribunal, which is expected to bear result by late next year.

Not convinced by this, the protesters accused Yeddyurappa of not keeping up his promise, and called him "betrayer".

"Government of Goa is willing to consider the request to work out an amicable settlement strictly restricted to drinking water only to the drought prone areas", Parrikar said in his letter earlier this week to Yeddyurappa. "If they are trying to sell out, then we will relinquish the Ministry", Goa Forward President Vijai Sardesai said. Instead of welcoming it, the Congress is opposing in Goa, but raising questions against BJP in Karnataka. The protests were finalized after their talks with state BJP chief, BS Yeddyurappa failed. The protesters who have gathered under the banner of Karnataka Raitha Sene said though they have been holding protests for more than two years, demanding the implementation of Mahadayi project, their demands have fallen on deaf ears.

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