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Goa minister's abusive words on Kannadigas reprehensible'

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Chief Minister today termed as 'reprehensible,' the alleged abusive words used by Minister Palyekar against Kannadigas, a charge dismissed by the latter.

Palyekar had reportedly used the abusive words yesterday when he visited a site where Karnataka, according to the government, is constructing a canal on a tributary of river.

"The abusive words used against #Kannadigas by @BJP4India Irrigation Minister from are reprehensible to say the least. However we hold no grudge against the people of Goa. We will continue to strive to secure drinking water from #Mahadayi for our people," said in a tweet.

Palyekar had after reportedly using the abusive words, requested the media to 'expunge' them, stating that he uttered them on the spur of the moment.

The Goa has alleged that Karnataka, disrespecting a Supreme order, had resumed work on a canal at Kankumbi.

The Goa Minister's alleged abusive comments drew flak on the with users using hashtags like #KannadaSwabhimana (Kannada self-pride) and #BJPInsultsKannadigas.

Palyekar, who is from the Goa Forward Party, an alliance of ruling BJP in Goa, has claimed that he has been misquoted.

"The so-called abusive words were misquoted and reported by without being present for press conference. Our Goa Govts decision to protect its water remains unchanged. @siddaramaiah, he said in a tweet responding to

Karnataka, which has locked horns with neighbouring Goa on sharing water, is seeking release of 7.56 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 and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 tmc ft water to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region.

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

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:00 IST