Sudin warns BJP as MGP launches Mhadei campaign

Uste-Sattari: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA
from Marcaim and former deputy chief minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar
Sunday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the people of Goa will
teach it a lesson during the 2022 assembly election if its government fails to
resolve the Mhadei water diversion issue.

The MGP commenced the Mhadei Bachao Jan-Jagruti Abhiyan,
a campaign to save River Mhadei, on Sunday at Uste in Sattari taluka,
the entry point of the river in Goa, by performing ‘puja’ of the river.

Addressing party workers after formally launching the
campaign, Dhavalikar questioned why the Pramod Sawant-led state government has
been unable to resolve the Mhadei water diversion issue despite the BJP
government rule at the Centre and in Karnataka.

“Every Goan must know the importance of River Mhadei and
come together to save the lifeline of Goa. Attempts being made by the Karnataka
government to divert water from the Mhadei basin are a serious matter. Thus,
all political parties including the ruling BJP must keep the issue above
politics,” he said. He also congratulated and thanked Governor Satya Pal Malik
for considering the Mhadei issue a serious one and for appealing to everyone to
come together to save the river.

The MGP leader said that the water of River Mhadei is
being used in 1,650 square kilometre area in Goa and added that if Karnataka
succeeds in diverting its water to the Hubbali-Dharwad district as per the
neighbouring state’s plan, it will affect the entire North Goa district. “This
is just the beginning. If the BJP government does not take the Mhadei issue
seriously, then MGP will commence a mass movement after a month to save the
river,” he said.

Appealing to all the people to consider the Mhadei issue
as a serious one, Dhavalikar warned Goans that their existence will be at stake
if the river dries up following the planned water diversion by Karnataka.

Working president of MGP Naresh Sawal said that Goans
must not allow diversion of water from the Mhadei basin. “Water diversion from
Mhadei by Karnataka will severely impact the people and the flora and fauna,”
he said.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party president Pandurang
‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar, other party office bearers and workers were present on the
occasion.

Leaders of Progressive Front of Goa Hrudaynath Shirodkar
and Mahesh Mhambrey were also present to extend their support to the movement
started by the MGP.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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