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Goa Minister should apologise, sayShettar, Joshi

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His statement on Kannadigas termed highly condemnable

Terming the comment of Minister for Water Resources Vinod Palienkar against Kannadigas as highly condemnable, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar and Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi have demanded an apology from the Minister.

Speaking to presspersons in different press conferences, both Mr. Shettar and Mr. Joshi said that they strongly condemned the comments of the Goa Minister.

Apology

Mr. Shettar said Mr. Palienkar should immediately tender a public apology for his derogatory statement against Kannadigas.

Appropriate action

Mr. Joshi said that such a comment from a Minister was highly condemnable and he would urge Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar to take appropriate action against Mr. Palienkar.

Asked whether Mr. Palienkar should be sacked from Goa Cabinet, Mr. Joshi said that he would urge Mr. Parrikar to take appropriate action.

‘Congress responsible’

However, both the leaders blamed the ruling Congress in Karnataka for the escalation of the conflict over Mahadayi waters. Mr. Shettar blamed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for failing to take the issue forward after the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa made efforts to convince Mr. Parrikar of the need for holding talks on the issue.

‘Asked to oppose’

“After Mr. Parrikar wrote to Mr. Yeddyurappa expressing his government’s willingness to hold talks on sharing the river water for drinking purposes, Mr. Siddaramaiah should have called his partymen in Goa seeking their cooperation for facilitating the talks. Instead, Congress leaders in Goa were asked to oppose the move for political reasons,” he said.

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