Yeddyurappa for inviting Oppn leaders to CMs meet on Mahadayi


Bengaluru: Ahead of meeting of Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka to discuss the Mahadayi water dispute, state BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday suggested that opposition leaders of the all three states also be invited for the meeting.

"My suggestion is that leaders of the Opposition of both the Houses of all the three states must be invited to the meeting of the Chief Ministers slated for October 21 at Mumbai on Mahadayi issue," Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

He also appealed to senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge to persuade the Opposition leaders of Goa and Maharashtra to participate in the meeting.

Chief Ministers of the three states are scheduled to meet in Mumbai on October 21 following the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunals directions on September one for the states concerned to resolve the water dispute amicably by holding discussions.

Yeddyurappa has also confirmed his partys participation in the all-party meeting convened by the Chief Minister on October 19 to discuss the states strategy during the Chief Ministers meeting.

BJP leaders from the state including Union Minister Ananth Kumar and Opposition Leader Jagadish Shettar had yesterday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and apprised him of the the states concerns on the issue, and thanked him for taking initiative in convening the meeting.

Informing about yesterdays meeting with Fadnavis, Shettar said, "Since the beginning, we have asked them (Congress party which is in power here and in opposition in Maharashtra and Goa) for cooperation. If they had cooperated things could be solved easily, but they are not doing it."

"We have at least had informal meeting with our party in Goa and Maharashtra, but they are not ready to do that," he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaih has expressed hope that the discussion with the Chief Minister will be fruitful.

Responding to a question about BJP leaders meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister, he said, "It would have been better if they had discussion with Goa as the issue is with that state."

"I dont wish any controversy at the beginning itself, we want the discussions to be fruitful and that should be everybodys wish," he said.

Karnataka, which has locked horns with the neighbouring Goa on the larger issue of sharing Mahadayi water between both the states, had petitioned the tribunal seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft of water for its Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.



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