Mahadayi is K’taka’s right, not ‘khairaat,’ says Congress leader

Karnataka has a right on the Mahadayi river and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to help people of the state secure their right, Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala said Tuesday, spelling out the partys stand clearly on the dispute.

The BJP had demanded Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take a clear stand on the Mahadayi dispute, citing a previous stand purportedly taken by former AICC chief Sonia Gandhi that Karnataka would not get “a single drop of water.”

At a press conference here, Surjewala said: “Karnataka has a right on that water. Its not khairaat (dole). What has Prime Minister Narendra Modi done to help get people their right? He has to look into his own conscience to find the answer to this question.”

Surjewala clarified that the Congress wants Modi to intervene in the dispute. “When Karnatakas right is being snatched by a BJP government (in Goa), it makes the prime minister responsible,” he said.

Both the BJP and the Congress have indulged in a slugfest on the Mahadayi dispute. This stand of the Congress central leadership comes a day after BJP president Amit Shah said that the Mahadayi dispute will see a positive outcome after the BJP forms a government in Karnataka.

Karnataka has claimed as its share about 45 tmc ft from the river and has demanded that it be allowed to utilise 7.56 tmc ft to meet drinking water needs of the North Karnataka region. The dispute tribunal is expected to deliver its verdict before August 20, 2018.

Nalapad issue

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has “personally assured” the Congress that Shantinagar legislator N A Haris son Mohammed Nalapad Haris will face “strictest action as per law,” Surjewala said.

“The party has always shown courage to clear the bad apples. The boy has been expelled, arrested and will face action as per law,” Surjewala said, when asked if the incident had dented the partys image ahead of polls. On whether Haris will be given the ticket to contest the Assembly election, all that Surjewala said was: “Its not the father (Haris) who committed the crime.”


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