CM calls for a special cabinet meeting to discuss Mahadayi issue, opposition attacks him

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Panaj:  Chief minister Pramod Sawant has called for a special cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss the crucial Mahadayi River diversion issue after centre gave consent to Karnataka for the Detailed Project Report on two dams.

Chief Minister’s Office told reporters that the chief minister has called a special cabinet meeting on January 02 to discuss the Mahadayi issue. “There will be no other agenda for the meeting,” his office said.

State’s opposition parties have begun attacking the chief minister over the Mahadayi issue. Karnataka chief minister Basavraj Bommai had told the state legislative Assembly that the centre has approved DPR on Kalsa and Bhandura tributaries of Mahadayi river.

Earlier, Sawant told reporters on Friday that he along with Water Resources Department Minister Subhash Shirodkar will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to brief them on the issue of Mahadayi.

He said that Goa will press for the formation of the Authority which will help Goa to check illegalities of Karnataka government in Mahadayi basin. “We will request the centre to revert permission granted for Karanataka on the DPR,” Sawant said.

Congress party on Friday laid scathing attack on the chief minister over the issue. In a joint press conference addressed by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Amit Patkar and Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao, the party demanded that the chief minister should lead all the 40 MLAs to resign on the issue of Mahadayi.

The party also demanded that the upcoming Assembly Session, scheduled on January 16-19 should be extended to discuss the issue of Mahadayi river.

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