CM counters BJP over Mahadayi row

Attacking BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa for giving out “false” statements with regard to the Mahadayi issue, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that it was unbecoming of a former chief minister for indulging in petty politics.

Taking objection to Yeddyurappa’s statement that the government had not written to the Goa chief minister about the Mahadayi issue, Siddaramaiah said that he had indeed written to the neighbouring State. “If I release the letter, will Yeddyurappa tender his resignation? The BJP has made it a habit to misinform people by giving out false statements.

The Mahadayi issue can be resolved only if the prime minister steps in. For this to happen, the State BJP leaders should build pressure on the Centre,” he added.

Siddaramaiah, who dodged the question on the government not making Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi’s letter public in December itself, said that he would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi again.

“There is no point trying to meet them (Central leaders), when they are refusing to give us an appointment,” he added.

Meanwhile, minister for Water Resources M B Patil hit back at BJP leader Jagadish Shettar, for the latter’s remark that Siddaramaiah had been “lying” about having written to his Goa counterpart over the Mahadayi issue.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Patil has said that Shettar had personally obtained a copy of the said letter from his office saying that he would meet the Goa chief minister and convince him on an amicable settlement of the row over Mahadayi waters.

“The chief minister wrote to the Goa chief minister on December 16, 2015 stating that Karnataka was interested in finding a speedy solution over the Mahadayi row, though the matter is pending before the Water Tribunal.

The chief minister’s office received the Goa chief minister’s reply dated January 19, 2016, on January 27,” the release said.

Transfer of DySP

When asked about the government reinstating DySP Anupama Shenoy to Kudligi sub-division from Indi sub-division, Siddaramaiah reiterated that the officer was not transferred, but she was posted to Indi on “OOD” (on official duty). “The DySP’s transfer doesn’t come to me. It is an administrative matter. She was sent to Indi on OOD and now she has been brought back to Kudligi.”

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