Mahadayi water dispute: Farmers to observe bandh in north Karnataka tomorrow

It all started last week after the BJP national president Amit Shah facilitated a meeting between Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa in New Delhi to find a temporary solution for Mahadayi issue ahead of 2018 polls.

Meanwhile, the Samithi has given call for a day-long "North Karnataka bandh" tomorrow and more than 100 organisations including JD (S), Karnataka Film Chamber have expressed their support to the Bandh.

The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddiyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.

Yeddyurappa had promised to get a written agreement by December 15 for resolving the issue. "Here is a Goa Chief Minister, with magnanimity he says, he is ready to solve the issue and give drinking water required to the drought -affected Karnataka".

The Kalasa-Banduri Nala Horata Samiti leader Veeresh SobaradMatt talking to newsmen after talks with BJP State President B SYeddyurappa who visited the agitation venue in front of BJP officesaid that the next course of action would be decided by coordination Committee.

In the letter, the party's Goa spokesperson Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik has termed the move by Mr Parrikar on Christmas as that of being a "Bad Santa Claus" who is snatching the future of our children, which is river Mahadeyi.

He had also pointed out that the matter was pending before the Mahadayi tribunal.

"In a letter to his Goa counterpart, Siddaramaiah said, ". the media in Karnataka has been reporting a personal letter addressed by you to Mr Yeddyurappa.I only wish you had replied to my letter since I took the initiative for the negotiated settlement, non only on my own but also on the suggestion made by the honourable judges of the Mahaday Water Disputes Tribunal".

Not convinced by this, the protesters accused Yeddyurappa of not keeping up his promise, and called him "betrayer". The BJP members in the state are actors.

They said they will soon be meeting to decide about continuing their protest near the BJP office. Chief minister Siddaramaiah, dubbed it as a "political gimmick" and "against the protocol".

Parrikar's letter, widely seen as a gambit to help BJP in Karnataka Assembly elections next year, has sparked a political row. Instead of welcoming it, the Congress is opposing in Goa, but raising questions against BJP in Karnataka.

  • Rogelio Becker