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Mahadayi: Farmers call for bandh on Jan 25
13 January 2018, 04:14 | Glen Norman
The Central government has formed a tribunal to look into the river-sharing issue between Goa and Karnataka. File
Vatal Nagaraj, president of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha (KCVP) claimed around 2,000 groups were backing them in calling a statewide bandh on Thursday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
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Vatal Nagaraj, leading the umbrella organisation Kannada Okkoota, said the bandh was rescheduled as from January 26 there are a string of holidays till January 28.
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He said they would also speak to government officers, lorry owners, fuel service stations, education institutions and request them to cooperate.
They have made a decision to show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his rally on the last day of Nava Karnataka Parivartan Yatra.
In an apparent snub to gau rakshaks, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that if anybody interferes in the legal import of beef would be punished, a day after meat traders in the state withdrew their strike called to protest harassment by cow vigilantes.
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After the protest, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar recently had agreed for talks with Karnataka regarding water sharing and said, "Yes, we can not deny water sought for drinking goal". A few weeks ago, Yeddyurappa had claimed that Goa CM Parrikar had expressed his willingness to release water from the Mahadayi for parched north Karnataka but the Goa BJP later dismissed such claims. "In the Mahadayi river, 220 tmc water is available and the state has every right to utilise 45 tmc of water". The Kalasa-Banduri Nala (diversion) project involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 tmcft to the Malaprabha river which supplies drinking water needs of the region.
On December 27 past year, a bandh was observed in five north Karnataka districts over the same issue following a call by farmer groups.
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