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Ahead of Modi’s Karnataka visit, CM Siddaramaiah seeks PM’s help to resolve Mahadayi row

Karnataka has for long been demanding Prime Minister’s intervention in resolving the inter state Mahadayi river water sharing dispute by calling a meeting of chief ministers of riparian states that includes Goa and Mahrashtra.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2018 15:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
Narendra Modi,Mahadayi row,Siddaramaiah
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah also boasted about having scripted several national firsts across key sectors through a unique model of development.(PTI File Photo)

Ahead of Prime MinisterNarendra Modi’s public rally here, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday asked him to “find time” to resolve the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with neighbouring Goa.

Claiming that Karnataka is the number one state in investment andinnovation, and highlighting Bengaluru as a start up andinnovation hub, Siddaramaiah boasted about having scriptedseveral national firsts across key sectors through a uniquemodel of development.

“I welcome PM @narendramodi to Namma Karnataka - theno.1 state in investments, innovation & progressive policies.. Through a unique model of development, we have scripted several national firsts across key sectors,” Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.

“I am confidentthat Karnataka’s success makes India proud,” he said.

“@narendramodi, I am glad you are making time to visit the country’s start up & innovation hub, Namma Bengaluru today..On behalf of my people, I urge you to find the time for Karnataka’s drinking water needs & help us resolve the #Mahadayi dispute #NammaKarnatakaFirst,” he said in another tweet.

Responding to Chief Minister’s tweets, state BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa alleged that Karnataka has scripted several firstslike corruption, farmers suicide and collapse of law and orderunder Siddaramaiah’s regime.

“Thanks for the welcome CM @siddaramaiah avare! Yes. Karnataka indeed has scripted several firsts - No.1 Corrupt State, 3,500+ farmer suicides, collapse of law & order, mysterious deaths of officers, transfers of honest officials, crumbling infra of Bengaluru. #KarnatakaTrustsModi,” he said in a tweet.

Karnataka has for long been demanding Prime Minister’s intervention in resolving the inter state Mahadayi river water sharing dispute by calling a meeting of chief ministers of riparian states that includes Goa and Mahrashtra.

Various Kannada organisations and farmers groups have called for “black day” today alleging that the prime minister was not heeding to their demand.

Recently ‘Kannada Okkuta,’ an umbrella organisation of various pro Kannada organisation along with farmers’ groups, had called for dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh on January 25, demanding the prime minister’s intervention.

Their plans earlier to observe bandh today also, on the day of prime minister’s visit had failed with the Karnataka High Court on Friday issuing the stay on the shut down after terming it as “unconstitutional”.

Karnataka, which has locked horns with neighbouringGoa on sharing Mahadayi River water, is seeking release of7.56 tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

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

It involves building barrages across Kalasa andBanduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 tmc ftwater to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of theregion.

Attempts have been made by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue that is also pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 15:52 IST