Mahadayi talks only after Karnataka poll: Goa BJP


And now protestors in the northern districts of Karnataka are raising the level of the agitation with this bandh call.

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

Siddaramaiah, who wants PM Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of Mahadayi riparian states (Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra) - as suggested by the tribunal to explore an amicable resolution - said, "The chief minister of Goa must write to the government of Karnataka, or Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal, stating that it is willing to provide 7.56 tmc water for drinking purposes in north Karnataka".

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. He accused the Goa Chief Minister forcommunicating to his Karnataka counterpart on the issue and chose toaddress to Mr Yeddyurappa.

The issue, however, caused ripples in Goa after Parrikar's alliance partner Goa Forward Party led by Vijay Sardesai threatened to pull out of the BJP government in Goa and opposed any talks with Karnataka saying that dispute should be resolved only by the Tribunal.

The Kalasa-Banduri Nala Horata Samiti leader Veeresh SobaradMatt talking to newsmen after talks with BJP State President B SYeddyurappa who visited the agitation venue in front of BJP officesaid that the next course of action would be decided by coordination Committee.

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Anand Shirdokar, president of the Goa Suraksha Manch, attacked Mr. Parrikar for offering to hold talks when the matter is in a tribunal, and Goa has till now said it will only go by the verdict of the tribunal.

They said they will soon be meeting to decide about continuing their protest near the BJP office.

Pointing at Congress in Goa opposing their Chief Minister's stand on amicably solving the issue, he said Siddaramaiah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were indirectly supporting this.

Parrikar's letter, widely seen as a gambit to help BJP in Karnataka Assembly elections next year, has sparked a political row.

Over the past few weeks, Karnataka BJP has put pressure on the party's national leadership to intervene in the Mahadayi dispute, and get Goa to drop its tough stance in the interest of BJP's poll prospects in Karnataka. The BJP members in the state are actors.