Karnataka-Goa: War of words on water issue
Karnataka-Goa: War of words on water issue

Karnataka-Goa: War of words on water issue


The war of words between Karnataka and Goa on the sharing of waters of Mahadayi has heightened with Karnataka strongly objecting to a recent statement of Goa Irrigation Minister Vinod Palyekar and terming it as ''ill advised and obstructive''.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister M B Patil advised his Goa counterpart Palyekar to use parliamentary words while making such statements involving the neighbouring state In the letter, released to the press here, today, Patil said the statement that Karnataka was playing 'dirty politics' was not only provocative and divisive but also wholly false.

He said ''It is height of nonsense to presume that Karnataka's witness has been 'exposed' as stated by you. No party can make a statement prejudging the outcome of the adjudication by the high constitutional Tribunal headed by eminent judges,'' he added.

Patil said that Goa's witness Prof V Jotiprakash on the question of yield in the river was withdrawn on July 13 last year by Goa amidst cross examination. He said the two states are committed to live peacefully and constitutional responsibility mandated that both states conduct in a spirit of cooperative federalism. The comity of states require states to communicate in a parliamentary language and avoid temperate language.

Goa had cancelled a meeting of Chief Ministers of Mahadayi basin states scheduled for October 21 last year on an understanding that the fresh date would be fixed after the Goa Assembly election, he added. The meeting was convened following a suggestion by the Tribunal.