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`State may lose Krishna waters if Govt. does not act'

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Government's silence irks BJP


  • Govt. goes back on promise to take all-party delegation to Prime Minister
  • State should move the Supreme Court for quick relief
  • No response to BJP's three-point formula

    HUBLI: Jagadish Shettar, President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today expressed the apprehension that the State would lose its share of Krishna waters with the Government dillydallying on the steps to be taken to restrain Andhra Pradesh from going ahead with its irrigation projects without seeking clearance from the Central authorities.

    He said he is unable to comprehend the studied silence of the Government on the issue. The Government has gone back on its promise of taking an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. It is not preparing itself to appear before the tribunal that has become functional now.

    Replying to a question, Mr. Shettar said only the Supreme Court might give relief to Karnataka by restraining Andhra Pradesh from going ahead with its projects in the Krishna Basin.

    Any delay on the part of Karnataka in seeking immediate relief will enable Andhra Pradesh to complete the projects to utilise the surplus waters and foreclose the issue of sharing the surplus by the time the tribunal takes up the issue, Mr. Shettar said. The BJP placed a three-point formula during discussions on the issue in the Assembly recently. The formula includes passing a resolution condemning the action by Andhra Pradesh, taking a delegation to the Prime Minister and moving the Supreme Court over the issue. The Dharam Singh Government did not act on the formula, he said. Mr. Shettar referred to the demand by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for an inquiry into land grabbing and said it is a drama. Nothing prevents the Congress-led Government from referring the matter to the CBI.

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