BELAGAVI: THE Belagavi session of the legislature was intended to discuss issues pertaining to north Karnataka region. But when JD(S) member N K Konareddi raised the long-pending issue of Mahadayi river project in the Assembly on Wednesday during a special discussion, there was poor response from the members including the ruling Congress. There were hardly any ministers in the treasury benches. JD(S) leader Y S V Datta said the absence of the ministers and officials concerned while such an important discussion was going on, showed the government’s concern about the issue. He asked Konaraddi not to speak until a minister came to the house.
Coming to the aid of JD(S) members, BJP members also pressed for the presence of the minister before initiating a discussion and all of them rushed to the well of the House. It was only after word got out that several senior ministers including Chief Minister Siddaramiah made an appearance in the Assembly. Siddaramaiah even tried to turn tables on the BJP members saying, “The ball is BJP’s court. Why are you discussing this issue here?” Kondareddi blamed both Central and state governments for the uncertainty over the issue. A consensus between the ruling and opposition parties in the respective states cannot be expected. A solution can be reached only with the intervention of the Prime Minister, he said. Stating that people of Malaprabha basin were expecting a lot from this session, the JD(S) member said the government should take an all-party delegation to the PM. After Konareddi completed his speech, none of the members took the discussion any further despite the Speaker asking the members several times.
WILL SOLVE MAHADAYI ISSUE IN A MONTH: BSY
Hubballi: State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has assured that the Mahadayi water sharing issue will be solved by December 15. He was speaking to the protesting farmers from Nargund. He said, “I promise you that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar will agree to release 7.56tmcft of water. Just give me a month’s time. I will convince the Goa government and BJP national president Amit Shah and get this issue resolved with or without Congress’s support,” he said. Raitha Sena president Veeresh Sobaradmath said they will give him a chance but if he fails, they will protest in front of his house and BJP’s Bengaluru office.