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Now, Parrikar says Mahadayi issue to be fought before tribunal

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Making a U-turn on water sharing issue, today said that ongoing dispute with will be fought before the

Parrikar, who has been facing flak over his letter on the dispute to last December, today blamed the media for "making an issue out of a non-issue".

In his missive sent to Yeddyurappa, Parrikar had said could share the river water with for drinking purposes and expressed his willingness for bilateral talks.

The letter created a controversy as it was addressed to the instead to Karnataka who represents the state

The letter, which was viewed as a political gambit by Parrikar ahead of assembly polls in the Congress-ruled southern state, had evoked a sharp reaction from and various opposition parties.

riparian states Karnataka and Goa, besides Maharashtra, have been locked in a bitter dispute over sharing of the water.

While addressing today over his recent meeting with in Delhi, Parrikar blamed media for blowing the Mahadayi issue out of proportion.

"Mahadayi issue is created by you (media) for the sake of The fight over distribution of water is before the tribunal and we will fight it there," he said when asked if the issue came up for discussion during his meeting with the

The Mahadayi (called Mandovi in Goa) originates in Karnataka and flows to and

The water sharing issue is politically sensitive one, especially in five north Karnataka districts.

The southern state is going to polls later this year.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 17:20 IST