Karnataka ready for talks with Goa on Mahadayi water: CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that it was not a circular but only a reminder

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the earlier communique, directing police to release innocent minorities, was based on the recommendations of the Rajendra Sachar Committee.

"We are ready for talks if Goa Chief Minister (Manohar Parrikar) convenes a meeting to amicably negotiate the sharing of river water", Siddarmaiah told reporters after an all-party meeting on the issue failed to reach a consensus in Bengaluru.

The project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag. BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa, JD (S) president HD Kumaraswamy were conspicuous by their absence while union minister DV Sadananda Gowda, Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar and Opposition leader in the council KS Eshwarappa attended the meet.

After much uproar, Karnataka government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday revised its earlier circular which sought withdrawing of cases against the "innocent minorities" for their alleged participation in communal clashes. It should have been innocent people, " the Minister said.

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When BJP leaders urged Congress leaders to convince their Goa counterparts through AICC president Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, "I will try my best to convince Congress leaders of Goa". The opposition party also targeted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

It involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 thousand million cubic feet water to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region.

However, Parrikar has still not responded to Karnataka government which had expressed its readiness for talks at "any place and date" to work out an amicable settlement. "It was Mr Yeddyurappa who read out a letter from Mr Parrikar in a public rally, not me", he snapped. "It is clear that the BJP leaders are left with no choice but to indulge in politicking over this issue instead of seeking Mr Modi's intervention", the Chief Minister stated.

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