Producing Parrikar's letter before Tribunal will suffice to get water: Shettar

Producing Parrikar's letter before Tribunal will suffice to get water: Shettar

Karnataka can ensure release of Mahadayi water by producing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's letter before the Mahadayi River Water Dispute Tribunal, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said on Thursday.

"Andhra Pradesh had managed to get additional share in the Krishna river water by producing press statements of Karnataka's then water resources minister K N Nagegowda. When a press statement was sufficient, won't a letter written by a chief minister suffice," Shettar asked.

Shettar was responding to the ruling Congress' claim that Parrikar's letter was addressed to BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and that he should have instead written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

"We expected Siddaramaiah to welcome Parrikar's letter. But he chose to criticise it, because resolving the Mahadayi issue with a letter addressed to Yeddyurappa would have benefited the BJP," Shettar said. "Just when the issue showed signs of a solution, Siddaramaiah chose to indulge in politics over it."

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday night, Shettar accused Congress leaders in Karnataka and Goa of trying to scuttle efforts of the BJP in resolving the Mahadayi issue. "Congress leaders in Goa opposed release of water to Karnataka with threats of protest on a day when Parrikar wrote that he had no problem parting with water. State Congress leaders chose to keep mum instead of convincing their counterparts in Goa," he said.

He hit out at JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy for "lying about supporting the Kalasa-Banduri project." Shettar recalled that Kumaraswamy, as chief minister, was reluctant to clear the project file. "He skipped the foundation stone-laying ceremony back then. Now, he's lying that the JD(S) had supported the project."

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