Goa minister calls Kannadigas 'harami,' CM hits back

Goa minister calls Kannadigas 'harami,' CM hits back

Goa minister calls Kannadigas 'harami,' CM hits back

Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palyekar has reportedly abused Kannadigas terming them as 'harami' (illegitimate or bastard).

Palyekar made the derogatory and objectionable remarks while speaking to reporters in Goa, after visiting the Kalasa-Banduri nalaha project site at Kanakumbi in Belagavi district on Saturday. The project aims to divert the Mahadayi river water at Kanakumbi in Khanapur taluk.

During his reaction with reporters in Goa, the minister said, "The Karnataka government was playing dirty politics over the Mahadayi and had diverted the river water, which sould flow in Goa".

To a query on why did he taken security during his visit to the project site, Palyekar said: "Kannadiga people are harami and can stoop to any level." Though there was a Supreme Court stay on the project work, the Karnataka government had been carrying out the construction work in violation of the order, he stated.

Later, Palyekar requested the journalists to not to mention of the abusive word he had used.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday termed as reprehensible Palyekar's reported derogatory remark about Kannadigas.

"The abusive words used against #Kannadigas by @bjp4India Irrigation Minister from Goa are reprehensible to say the least. However, we hold no grudge against the people of Goa. We will continue to strive to secure drinking water from #Mahadayi for out people," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

BJP leader K S Eshwarappa condemned the Palyekar's remark and demanded that he should immediately apologie. "His comments are heights of stupidity. It is against the Constitution of India and against the federal principles," Eshwarappa remarked.  JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy also condemned the Goa Minister's remark.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Water Resource minister M B Patil is scheduled to visit Kalasa-Banduri nalha project site on Monday, along with journalists, to provide them details about the ground reality at project site.

DH News Service