KARNATAKA

Kalasa Banduri: meeting to be held on June 18

Staff Correspondent



Objective of the meeting is to involve leaders

of all parties

in the project



HUBLI: Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa will convene a meeting of all elected representatives of the Malaprabha command area in Hubli on June 18 to decide on the next course of action with regard to the Kalasa Banduri Nala Project.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda said the objective of the meeting was to involve leaders of all the political parties in the attempt to expedite work on the much-delayed project.

Mr. Gowda said that his party was not averse to joining the Congress leaders who were expected to lead a delegation to New Delhi to meet All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, in the wake of the developments after her reported statement on the diversion of Mahadayi waters during her election campaign in Goa. Mr. criticised the reported statement of Sonia Gandhi and also the statement of Union Minister for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz on the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. .

Criticising the attitude of the Congress including former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikarjun Kharge, former minister H.K. Patil and others, Mr. Gowda said if the coalition Government had taken steps for the development of north Karnataka, these leaders “who did nothing” for the development of their regions should cooperate.

On taking action against BJP MLA Renukacharya, against whom the police had filed an FIR, Mr. Gowda said he had immediately asked him to step down as chairman of KEONICS and had already submitted his report to the Central Working Committee of the party.

He said disciplinary action against BJP MLC Janardhan Reddy was also pending. Mr. Gowda said he had also sent his report on the activities of BJP leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal.

He said the party leaders had decided not to make any statements pertaining to transfer of power in the State, till October 2, the day after which the transfer has to take place. “We will follow our ‘raja dharma’ till the stipulated period. Our dharma is to support and cooperate in smooth functioning of the coalition Government led by H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and we will strictly adhere to it,” he said. To a query, he said his party was not against internal reservation.



Objective of the meeting is to involve leaders

of all parties

in the project





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