‘Dispute isn’t between people of Goa and Karnataka’


Member of the Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan Nandkumar Kamat on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to issue a clear warning and educate all his Cabinet colleagues to exercise maximum restraint in making any statement on the Mahadayi issue and concerning people of Karnataka.

Dr. Kamat, who has for long been associated with the Mahadayi movement on Goa side and has been in the forefront opposing water diversion by Karnataka, told The Hindu that he felt it necessary to write to Mr. Parrikar in view of the controversy over the use of an objectionable term referring to the people of Karnataka by Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar. He said Ministers should restrict themselves to technical and legal facts and figures on Goa’s case and never drag the people of Karnataka into the picture. “It must be understood that people of Karnataka and Goa have enjoyed very cordial economic, social and cultural relations from ancient period. More than one million Konkani speakers reside in Karnataka. The Karnataka government has done a lot for supporting Konkani people, language and culture. There is a culturally and economically active, peaceful and vibrant Kannada speaking community in Goa. The dispute over diversion of Mahadayi river was never a dispute between people of Goa and Karnataka,” says the letter.

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Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted: “The abusive words used against #Kannadigas by @BJP4India Irrigation Minister from Goa are reprehensible to say the least. However, we hold no grudge against the people of Goa. We will continue to strive to secure drinking water from #Mahadayi for our people.”

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