Only mutual dialogue can settle Mahadayi impasse: Siddaramaiah :

The Mahadayi river water-sharing dispute can be resolved only through mutual dialogue between Karnataka and Goa, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, he reiterated that the Karnataka government was willing to begin discussions any time and hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would mediate.

The chief minister said state BJP President B S Yeddyurappa had promised to bring 'good news' to the state's farmers by December 15, but failed. Hence, the farmers are angry, he said.

"Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Yeddyurappa together are performing political stunts. The Goa water resources minister himself has admitted this," Siddaramaiah said.

"I had offered to go to Goa to speak with Parrikar. But he asked me to come after the elections. Ryots are sick of their drama and have taken to agitation," Siddaramaiah said.

He said, "In my 40 years in politics, this is the first time that one party has staged a protest at the office of another party. Yeddyurappa, who made a mistake, is now diverting the attention of the people of the state. We are willing to find a solution for the water dispute, but the prime minister has to intervene".

On the issue of increasing the reservation percentage in the state, Siddaramaiah said, "There are people for and against the Justice Sadashiva committee recommendations. I have called a meeting to discuss the issue".

On his own candidature for the 2018 polls, Siddaramaiah clarified that he will contest from Chamundeshwari constituency and nowhere else. "The person who gives me a ticket is Rahul Gandhi, not rumour-mongers," he quipped.

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