Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

28 January, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Vatala Paksha President Vatal Nagaraj chairs a meeting of pro Kannada organisation regarding the Kalasa Banduri protest in Hubballi on Sunday. DH

Similarly, a Bengaluru bandh has been called on February 4 also, when the Prime Minister is visiting the poll-bound state to take part in "Nav Karnataka Parivartan Yatra" of the state unit in the city.

The January 25 programme would go ahead as planned, he said in Mysuru and added that his party was in favour of protecting the state's interests on the Mahadayi issue.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who led an all-party delegation in 2015, has been insisting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to end the deadlock, which people dub as a delaying tactic.

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Pro-Kannada outfits called for a bandh demanding PM Narendra Modi's intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water row with neighbouring Goa. Then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while addressing an election rally at Margao, had assured Goans that her party would not allow diversion of the Mahadayi waters.

BJP termed the bandh "politically motivated" claiming that the ruling Congress was involved.

Among the Kannada organisations who called for the bandh, differences have cropped up. The bandh has been announced on the same day BJP National President Amit Shah is to address a rally in Mysuru. Protest was also staged in front of Manyata Embassy Business Park, a software technology park in the city, alleging that several IT companies inside were functioning as usual, evading the bandh call. Yeddyurappa alleged that Siddaramaiah was indulging in this kind of act purposefully with an intention that Shah's programme should not succeed.

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"Purposefully, a conspiracy has been hatched to project BJP as guilty.I want clarification from the Chief Minister. what is the stand of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi? Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked.

The dispute began in 1980s, when Karnataka designed a number of dams, canals and barrages to route the Mahadayi river water to the Malaprabha basin, which is water-deficient.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday accused the Centre and the Goa Government for the ongoing dispute over sharing of Mahadayi water between Karnataka and Goa. This will help in augmenting the drinking water supply to Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

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