Open to have dialogue to resolve Mahadayi issue: CM

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-10 16:51 Mysuru: Stating that his government always believed in resolving any inter-state conflicts through talks, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he never declined any opportunity to resolve conflicts concerning neighbouring states. He further said that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in resolving the vexed Mahadayi issue. Siddaramaiah was speaking to mediapersons at Mandakalli airport here. He further said that his government has welcomed Goa government to solve Mahadayi issue outside the tribunal. When asked about Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement over Mahadayi issue, the CM stated, "Parrikar opposed peace talks not we. We are open to have a dialogue with our neighbouring states”. The CM further said that during his recent visit to Delhi, he has urged the prime minister to convene a meeting with state heads of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka to find an amicable solution to Mahadayi issue. However, there was no positive response from PM, he added. Commenting on Parrikar, who said that many from Karnataka have been named in Augusta Westland bribery case, Siddaramaiah sought to know how he could make such statements without investigating. “I don’t know who are involved in the scam. Why couldn’t he disclosed the names? This is an attempt to tarnish the image of state government,” rued Siddaramaiah. To tackle severe drought in state, the government has asked an additional Rs 12,272 crore from the Centre to take up drought relief works.