Panaji, Sep 9 : Union Minister Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi on Monday said Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Goa should resolve Mhadei issue through talks.
Addressing a press conference in the city, Mr Joshi said,'' Both governments are fighting. I can only suggest at this moment that concerned chief ministers can sit and talk and try to resolve the issue. The matter has already been to the tribunal and tribunal has given its award, but in spite of that negotiated settlement will be a better settlement.''
When pointed out that Karnataka was still working on the project, the minister said there was no question (of that) because the matter was before the tribunal and the tribunal had given the award.
''.. since matter is with tribunal, no government can do anything on that. No government is allowed to violate any law of the land and nobody is doing that,'' he said.
On allegation that Karnataka was not listening to court in spite of having stay, he said as far as he knew no work was going on.
''Tribunal has given its order and I think both the governments are unhappy and they have challenged award in Supreme Court, that is why I said it is better that I have requested Karnataka Chief Minister and today I request honourable Chief Minister of Goa to have a negotiated settlement,'' he said. (UNI)