Bengaluru: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally in Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday asked him to "find time" to resolve the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with neighbouring Goa.
Claiming that Karnataka is the number one state in investment and innovation, and highlighting Bengaluru as a startup and innovation hub, Siddaramaiah boasted about having scripted several national firsts across key sectors through a unique model of development.
"I welcome PM Narendra Modi to Namma Karnataka — the number 1 state in investments, innovation & progressive policies. Through a unique model of development, we have scripted several national firsts across key sectors," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.
"I am confident that Karnataka's success makes India proud," he said.
I welcome PM @narendramodi ರವರು to Namma Karnataka - the no. 1 state in investments,innovation & progressive policies.
Through a unique model of development, we have scripted several national firsts across key sectors. I am confident that Karnataka’s success makes India proud.
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) February 4, 2018
"Narendra Modi, I am glad you are making time to visit the country's startup & innovation hub, Namma Bengaluru today. On behalf of my people, I urge you to find the time for Karnataka's drinking water needs and help us resolve the Mahadayi dispute #NammaKarnatakaFirst," he said in another tweet.
.@narendramodi ರವರೆ, I am glad you are making time to visit the country’s start up & innovation hub, Namma Bengaluru today. On behalf of my people, I urge you to find the time for Karnataka’s drinking water needs & help us resolve the #Mahadayi dispute. #NammaKarnatakaFirst — Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) February 4, 2018
Responding to chief minister's tweets, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa alleged that Karnataka has scripted several firsts like corruption, farmers suicide and the collapse of law and order under Siddaramaiah's regime.
"Thanks for the welcome CM Siddaramaiah avare! Yes. Karnataka indeed has scripted several firsts — Number 1 corrupt state, 3,500+ farmer suicides, the collapse of law and order, mysterious deaths of officers, transfers of honest officials, crumbling infra of Bengaluru. #KarnatakaTrustsModi," he said in a tweet.
Thanks for the welcome CM @siddaramaiah avare! Yes. Karnataka indeed has scripted several firsts - No.1 Corrupt State, 3,500+ farmer suicides, collapse of law & order, mysterious deaths of officers, transfers of honest officials, crumbling infra of Bengaluru. #KarnatakaTrustsModi https://t.co/TXrdge4hDx
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) February 4, 2018
Karnataka has for long been demanding prime minister's intervention in resolving the inter-state Mahadayi river water sharing dispute by calling a meeting of chief ministers of riparian states that includes Goa and Maharashtra.
Various Kannada organisations and farmers groups have called for "black day" on Sunday alleging that the prime minister was not heeding to their demand.
Recently 'Kannada Okkuta,' an umbrella organisation of various pro-Kannada organisation along with farmers' groups, had called for dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh on 25 January, demanding the prime minister's intervention.
Their plans earlier to observe bandh on Sunday also, on the day of prime minister's visit had failed with the Karnataka High Court on Friday issuing the stay on the shut down after terming it as "unconstitutional".
Karnataka, which has locked horns with neighbouring Goa on sharing Mahadayi River water, is seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.
The project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.
It involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 tmcft water to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region.
Attempts have been made by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue that is also pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.
Updated Date: Feb 04, 2018 15:55 PM