Now, Parrikar says Mahadayi issue to be fought before tribunal

Now, Parrikar says Mahadayi issue to be fought before tribunal

Making a U-turn on the Mahadayi issue, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday that the ongoing dispute with Karnataka will be fought before the Tribunal.

Parrikar, who has been facing flak over his letter on the dispute to Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa in December, blamed the media for "making an issue out of a non-issue".

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

The letter created a controversy as it was addressed to the BJP leader instead of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The letter, which was viewed as a political gambit by Parrikar ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka, had evoked a sharp reaction from Siddaramaiah and various Opposition parties.

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

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