Karnataka minister denies violation of Tribunal Direction on Mhadei River

Belagavi: Karnataka Minister for Water Resources Ramesh Jarkiholi on Monday denied there was violation of Tribunal Direction on Mhadei river water sharing issue by the State as alleged by Goa Chief Minister.

The Minister, who is also Belagavi district Incharge Minister, clarified saying, ” We did not touch any wall at the construction site in water project area and not violated any direction, It was wrong on the part of the Goa chief minister to allege that Karnataka has gone against Tribunal court’s interim verdict”.

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, he said that if the Goa government proves that we have demolished the barrier wall then he will resign. In a democratic set up everybody has a right and Goa still objecting to the Mhadei project. Since the matter is before the Supreme Court will not speak more on the subject.

Replying to a question, he said that he had demanded a berth in the state cabinet for all 17 MLAs since due to their falling out from Congress and Janata Dal(S), Bharatiya Janata Party has come to power in the state. However, it is at the discretion of the Chief Minister and party high command. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will not only complete his term but BJP will fight the next election under his leadership”, he added.

Speaking on dividing Belagavi into three Districts, Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the district is the biggest in Karnataka with 17 talukas and it will be easy for administration.

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