AAP raises Voice against River Mahadayi Issue

AAP raises Voice against River Mahadayi Issue

“It’s a tussle between the state and centre-thirsty death for people of North Karnataka, where poor farmers are caught in the political fight between CM Siddaramaiah and PM Narendra Modi”-Aam Aadmi Party

Mangaluru: Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Shanthala Damle, the State Co-convenor of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said “Rising to birth in Bheemgadh, Belagavi, and reaching the Arabian Sea, River Mahadayi has been made to fail to quench the thirst of the people of North Karnataka due to the shamelessness of its politicians, irresponsibility of the CM and the apathy of the PM towards the state. This is a massive fraud perpetrated collectively by the politicians at the state and centre. The desperate voice of the people has not reached the ears of it’s 28 MPs and 224 MLAs. The representatives must now tell us if they consider the people as alive or dead”.

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She further said, “In September 2015, a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had visited the belt of both Malaprabha and Mahadavi rivers, met the leaders of the agitation, collected information from the experts, studied the ground realities of canal affected areas and had suggested the following to the CM-

-Form a High Power commission comprising of experts on Meteorological, Geology, Gauge, Weather, Environment, Technical, Engineering, Irrigation, Agriculture and Farmer Leaders etc. and present the report of this committee in the argument to the court.

-In the argument the state must effectively neutralize the plans of Goa by quantifying and explaining the damage that will be caused to environment of the Western Ghats and how much water can be provided for drinking water to the thousands of villages in Karnataka.

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-the tribunal should be made aware of the availability of water and other ground realities in the area where canals are proposed through the report of expert committee.

However even after AAP delegation gave it’s suggestion to CM Siddaramaiah and the people of North Karnataka have been waging a relentless struggle for water since 2002, he has failed to understand the seriousness of the matter, making the state argue without facts and figures, thereby failing to impress upon the Tribunal of it’ drinking water requirement. AAP feels that this has proved that the CM is as good as dead for the people of the state”.

“AAP had expressed it’s full support to the Mahadayi fight after undertaking a march from Thontadarya Math in Gadag to Dharwad and met the villagers, listening to the woes of the farmers on the way. Our Dharwad District leaders are in constant touch with the agitators and are continuing their active participation. AAP will never hesitate to stand behind the farmers in the struggle. An entire Assembly Session was ruined after the Govt. failed to take proper action in a suicide case, due to its stubbornness and the opposition using this as a political opportunity let the session go in vain.”

“In the bargain, there was no discussion on the much needed plan of providing water to 5.4 lakh hectares of land from the Mahadayi river. The 17 MPs from ruling BJP failed to even request upon the PM to intervene in the fight, while the 11 Congress MPs including the opposition Leader & a MP himself from North Karnataka region Mallikarjuna Kharge failed to initiate any discussion on this issue in the Parliament, which reflects the irresponsibility of our MP’s. People of the state are losing their trust and realizing that such elected representatives are of no use to them. The anti-Karnataka stand of Narendar Modi govt in this issue and the outcome was very much evident when Centre’s Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni was appointed to argue for Goa. Even the PMs Effort to please the people in election bound Goa and his playing political drama by remaining a mute spectator in the name of order of the Tribunal is clearly visible” added Damle.

In conclusion she said, “As mentioned in the Mahadayi tribunal report the state has failed in presenting its argument. Hence the Government should submit it’s appeal in the Supreme Court. It should understand the pulse of the people and form an expert committee, as suggested by AAP, and argue on the basis of hard facts and figures. AAP demands that the Irrigation Minister M B Patil resign immediately owning moral responsibility for this failure, and fulfill the aspirations of the people by realizing that the MP’s are servants of it’s people. AAP warns that if the politics in this fight continues between State and Centre, thus effectively preventing taking of corrective steps in safeguarding the interests of the state, AAP will escalate the protest in every corner of the state”.

Members of the DK_AAP namely Rohan Siri, Bhoja Poojari and Ian Lara were also present on the dais during the meet.

Poor Farmers Caught in political fight between CM and PM – AAP

Udupi: The Aam Admi Party held a press meet at the press club here on Thursday, July 28.

Addressing the media persons Ramadas Acharya former treasurer of Aam Admi Party condemned the verdict on the Mahadayi Water Dispute for the Tribunal’s interim order against releasing water to Karnataka. The order is shocking, disappointing and unjust to the people of North Karnataka.

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The Mahadayi River takes birth in Bheemgadh, near the Kanakumbi village of Belgaum district in Karnataka. After flowing 29 km in Karnataka, it flows through Goa for 54 km where it is called Mandovi and reaches the Arabian sea. In spite of flowing through Karnataka, river Mahadayi fails to quench the thirst of the people of North Karnataka because of the shameless politicians, irresponsible CM and the apathy of the PM towards the state. This is a massive fraud perpetrated collectively by the politicians from the state and the centre. The desperate voice of the people has not yet reached the ears of its 28 MPs and 224 MLAs. The representatives of the people must now tell us whether they have any concern towards the people of the state.

In September 2015, a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had visited the belt of both Malaprabha and Mahadayi rivers, met the leaders of the agitation, collected information from the experts, studied the ground realities of the canal affected areas and had suggested the following to the CM:

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Form a High Power commission comprising of experts on Meteorological, Geology, Gauge, Weather, Environment, Technical, Engineering, Irrigation, Agriculture and Farmer Leaders etc. and present the report of this committee in the argument to the court. In the argument, the state must effectively neutralise the plans of Goa by quantifying and explaining the damage that will be caused to the environment of the Western Ghats and how much water can be provided for drinking water to the thousands of villages in Karnataka. The tribunal should be made aware of the availability of water and other ground realities in the area where canals are proposed through the report of the expert committee.

However even after AAP delegation gave it’s suggestion to CM Siddaramaiah, the people of North Karnataka have been waging a relentless struggle for water since 2002, he has failed to understand the seriousness of the matter, making the state argue without facts and figures, thereby failing to impress the Tribunal of its drinking water requirement. AAP feels that this has proved that the CM is useless for the people of the state.

AAP had expressed its full support to the Mahadayi fight after undertaking a march from Thontadarya Math in Gadag to Dharwad and meeting the villagers, listening to their woes. Our Dharwad District leaders are in constant touch with the agitators and are continuing their active participation. AAP will never hesitate to stand behind the farmers in their struggle.

The entire Assembly Session was ruined after the Govt. failed to take proper action in a suicide case, due to its stubbornness and the opposition using it as a political opportunity. In the bargain, there was no discussion on the much-needed plan of providing water from the Mahadayi river to 5.4 lakh hectares of land. The 17 MPs from ruling BJP failed to even request the PM to intervene in the fight, while the 11 Congress MPs including the opposition Leader & an MP himself from North Karnataka region Mallikarjuna Kharge failed to initiate any discussion on this issue in the Parliament, which reflects the irresponsibility of our MPs. People of the state are losing their trust and realising that such elected representatives are of no use to them.
The anti-Karnataka stand of Narendra Modi govt on this issue and the outcome was very much evident when the Centre’s Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni was appointed to argue for Goa. Even the PMs Effort to please the people in election-bound Goa and his playing political drama by remaining a mute spectator in the name of the order of the Tribunal is clearly visible.

As mentioned in the Mahadayi tribunal report, the state has failed in presenting its argument. Hence the Government should submit it’s appeal in the Supreme Court. It should understand the pulse of the people and form an expert committee, as suggested by AAP, and argue on the basis of hard facts and figures. AAP demands that the Irrigation Minister M B Patil resigns immediately owning moral responsibility for his failure, and fulfil the aspirations of the people by realising that the MPs are servants of the people. AAP warns that if the politics in this fight continues between State and Centre, thus preventing taking corrective steps in safeguarding the interests of the state, AAP will escalate their protest in every corner of the state.

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