Get Cong leaders in Maharashtra, Goa to agree on Kalasa Banduri, Modi tells Sidd

Get Cong leaders in Maharashtra, Goa to agree on Kalasa Banduri, Modi tells Sidd

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday requested Congress leaders from Karnataka to get their party colleagues in Goa and Maharashtra agree to an out-of-court solution to the long-pending Kalasa Banduri project.

Receiving an all-party delegation from Karnataka, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, at his official residence, the prime minister categorically said the Centre was ready to find early solutions to the issue, but it needed consensus of all parties of the three states.
The prime minister heard the delegation for over an hour, as all 52 members — leaders from all parties — spoke for a few minutes.

Leaders, including Siddaramaiah, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), BJP State president Pralhad Joshi, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil, Irrigation Minister M B Patil, State Congress leader Veeranna Mattikatti, BJP leaders Jagadish Shettar and K S Eshwarappa, and JD(S) leader H D Revanna and Basavaraj Horatti explained the drinking water problem in northern Karnataka and the ongoing agitation.

The two religious leaders in the delegation — Kudala Sangama Mutt pontiff Basava Jayamrutyanjaya, and Dharwad’s Revana Siddeshwara Mutt's Basavaraju Devaru — were allowed a few minutes.

Congress leaders repeatedly asked for Modi’s urgent intervention in the matter, saying he must call a meeting of the three chief ministers involved.

Modi reportedly responded: “Just calling chief ministers’ meeting is not the solution. Such meetings have held on irrigation issues, but ended with no consensus most of the time.
“Our government is keen on finding solution to the problem. Speak to your party leaders in Goa and Maharashtra and get their approvals. Once you convince them, I am ready to convene the chief ministers' meeting immediately,” he said. “We will then move the Supreme Court for permission for out-of-court settlement.”

Modi also pointed out that chief ministers of Congress-ruled states had boycotted the NITI Aayog meeting to discuss and get approval for the land bill. “How will there be consensus when leaders boycott meetings,” he reportedly said.

While BJP leaders lauded his response at the meeting, Congress leaders said they were not satisfied. Siddaramaiah refused to commit to anything on convincing Congress leaders in Goa and Maharashtra.

Future course on August 27

With the all-party delegation from Karnataka meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and seeking an out-of-court settlement to the Kalasa-Banduri project, the protesting farmers will decide on future course of action on August 27.“Farmers meeting has been convened on August 27 to decide whether to continue the protest or not,” said Basava Jayamrutyunjaya, Pontiff, Kudala Sangama Mutt.

Emerging out of the meeting with the prime minister, he said, “We will explain about what transpired in the meeting with the prime minister. Taking views from all stake holders, we will decide whether to call off the agitation.”

He said though the prime minister patiently heard the views from all leaders for over one hour, he did not give concrete assurances for the long pending problem. 

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