M B Patil to consult legal team on Mahadayi issue

M B Patil to consult legal team on Mahadayi issue

 Karnataka Water Resources Minister M B Patil on Saturday said he will hold a meeting with the Karnataka legal team headed by Fali S Nariman on Sunday to discuss the next course of action the on Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal’s order.

The tribunal has rejected Karnataka’s interim plea seeking 7 tmcft of water from the Mahadayi river.

Patil told reporters here that though there is pressure on the state government to file a special leave petition before the Supreme Court against the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal order, the state government will tread cautiously before taking any decision.

“I will discuss this with the state legal team on Sunday. After Chief Minister Siddaramaiah returns from Brussels, an all-party meeting will be held in Bengaluru to take the views of other political parties by next week on the future course of action,” he said.

Pleading with agitators not to indulge in violence, the minister said the state government will do everything to protect the interests of the state.

He also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and convene a meeting of chief ministers of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to resolve the problem amicably.

However, he did not answer a question on whether the state Congress leaders were ready to speak to their counterparts in Goa, who are opposing the diversion of river water.

Aimed at exploring an out-of-court settlement, Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa had earlier said that he was ready to talk to the BJP government in Goa and demanded that the Congress leaders speak to their counterparts in Goa to resolve the issue.

Since the issue has taken a political turn in Goa also, there is a need to take all political parties into confidence, Yeddyurappa had said.

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