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Mahadayi issue: ball in BJP's court, Siddaramaiah

Press Trust of India  |  Belagavi (Ktk) 

Chief Minister today said that the ball was now in the BJP's to settle the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute.

He was reacting to BJP's protest by entering the well of the House in the Legislative Assembly against ministers being absent as the issue was being discussed.


PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa and development minister K J George were the only two ministers present when JDS member Konareddi was speaking on the issue.

As JDS deputy floor leader Y S V Datta pointed to empty treasury benches, many of his party members along with demanded that the House be adjourned for some time and Ministers be asked to be present.

members then entered the well, objecting to the Ministers' absence and questioned the government's seriousness about conducting the House.

This was followed by a war of words between and members.

By then and some ministers entered the House.

Pointing out that George and Mahadevappa were present, he said "the ball now is in your on the Mahadayi issue. It is for your party (BJP) at the Centre to do things."

"Go to Delhi and ask your party at the Centre on the issue," he taunted the

legislators supported his attack on by thumping their desks, again leading to an exchange of words.

leaders, including opposition leader Jagadish Shettar hit back, questioning what the led UPA had done for 10 years.

has locked horns with neighbouring Goa on the larger issue of sharing Mahadayi River water.

The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal had last September asked the states concerned, including Maharashtra, to resolve the water dispute amicably by holding discussions.

has for long been advocating out of settlement and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention.

Goa had earlier expressed its opposition to the out of settlement of the dispute over sharing of the Mahadayi River waters with the lower riparian state of

had petitioned the tribunal, seeking release of 7.56 tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project, being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

The tribunal's July 27 interim order after hearing arguments from and Goa had rejected the state's plea citing various grounds, including ecological damage that the project may cause.

Challenging this, the state has filed a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 17:48 IST
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