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Will PM Modi intervene in Karnataka-Goa Mahadayi water dispute?

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The water dispute between the states of Goa and Karnataka has echoed in Lok Sabha as well. The ruling Congress today sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to resolve the matter.

The Northern part of Karnataka is facing a severe drinking water crisis. In a poll-bound state, getting water from the Mahadayi river to meet its requirement has taken a political turn. SP Muddahanumegowda, during Zero Hour, raised the issue and said, that PM Modi must intervene in the matter and resolve the issue.

However, referring to Goa CM Manohar Parrikar’s letter to B. S. Yeddyurappa, Parliamentary affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the Goa CM has written for outside settlement. However, this angered the Congress leaders more which led to the noisier session. The furious Congress leaders stormed the parliament asking why was the letter written to former CM Yeddyurappa and not current CM Siddaramaiah.

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In a letter dated December 21, 2017, Parrikar had said Goa would co-operate with the state and have agreed to provide “reasonable” and “justifiable” amount of water. Parrikar however, had also reminded that the matter falls within the ambit of Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.

What is Mahadayi river water dispute?

The river Mahadayi, which is also known as Mandovi in Goa originates in the Western Ghats in Karnataka’s Belagavi. However, it flows through Belagavi, Uttara Kannada in Karnataka and Cumbarjua, Divadi and Chodné in Goa before pouring into the Arabian sea. The river is considered as a lifeline for the state of Goa.

However, Karnataka is seeking 7.56 tmcft water to be released by Goa to provide drinking water supply to northern parts. The water received from Mahadayi river will be diverted to Kalasa-Banduri Nala project that will improve water supply to Hubbalii-Dharwad, Belagavi and some districts of Gadag where the scarcity of water is the most felt.

Goa CM Parrikar’s stand

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who had earlier rejected out of court settlement had softened his stand on the issue after meeting Karnataka BJP President Yeddyurappa and Amit Shah in Delhi on December 20. Following the meeting, he had written a letter assuring the co-operation to Yeddyurappa which angered Congress, Shiv Sena and many social activists.

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Whether PM Modi approves the request by Congress leader or not is to be seen. But definitely, in a poll-bound state, the Mahadayi issue will be a catalytic factor in deciding the ruler of north Karnataka.

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Karnataka Elections: BSY’s Son and Sobha Karandlaje excluded from the latest BJP candidate list

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The big brawl between the sons of Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa has been scrapped in Varuna after BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa announced at a convention in Mysore that his son Vijayendra won’t contest against Siddaramaiah’s son Yathendra anymore.

BJP did not take this news lightly with party workers creating a commotion by throwing chairs around. It is believed that the elections will be a piece of cake for Yathendra now.

At the same time Yeddyurappa’s close aide Shobha Karandlaje has also been excluded from BJP’s latest list of candidates.

“Shobha is a junior compared to other leaders like Anantkumar Hegde, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. They will never let this happen. She is lobbying to contest from Yeshvanthpur and since she is a close associate of Yeddyurappa, he may favour her, but the high command will take the opinions of other leaders and she may not get the ticket,” a source has revealed.

The party has not yet made up its mind on four constituencies. Tuesday is the last date to file nominations.

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Karnataka elections: Congress changes 6 names in the final list of candidates

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Publishing the final list of candidates for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, the Congress announced a change in the name of candidates in six seats and selected nominees for five other seats on Sunday.

The AICC announced the names of candidates for five of the 224 constituencies where it had not announced candidates and changed candidates in six constituencies from those named its first list announced on April 15.

The party replaced nominee HS Chandra Mouli in Madikeri as he was the lawyer of diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who fled the country in January after allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank along with his nephew Nirav Modi.

Putting an end to speculation over whether Siddaramaiah would contest a second seat apart from Chamundeshwari in his home district of Mysore, the Congress declared him as the candidate for the Badami constituency in Bagalkot in north Karnataka.

Among the other constituencies where the Congress changed its candidates is Jagalur (ST seat) where the party had announced the candidature of A L Puspha. But following severe pressure, the party replaced her with HP Rajesh, the sitting MLA.

 

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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