Dinesh Gundu Rao
Kalasa Banduri legal battle: Dinesh Gundu Rao denies govt failure, urges for all political parties' support. Pictured: Dinesh Gundu Rao.Facebook/DineshGunduRaoFoundation

Dinesh Gundu Rao, the working President and spokesperson of the State Congress, has denied charges that the Karnataka government did not fight the legal battle of Kalasa-Banduri project appropriately. Rao has urged all political parties to support the Karnataka Government in its effort to make the project a reality and to stop playing politics over the issue.

The Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal rejected Karnataka's interim plea to direct Goa to release 7.5 TMC water to the state. The rejection of Karnataka's plea has evoked a strong reaction from the public. Media and opposition parties alleged that the govt's inability to handle the case was responsible for the failure. But the ruling Congress party has denied the charges of the Opposition party.

Dinesh Gundu Rao took to his Twitter handle on Thursday night to clear the air. In a series of tweets, the Congress party spokesperson explained that the Government has tried its best and all political parties should join the Government in its battle for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala. He tweeted: "All political parties need to fight unitedly on the #KalasaBanduri issue. Sad to see BJP MP's doing politics over this in Parliament."

He further wrote: "#KalasaBanduri..instead of trying 2 score brownie points, an all party meeting, as CM suggested, should take an united decision & move forward. #KalasaBanduri, the legal battle in the tribunal will continue..if someone says the govt didn't fight its case properly, they are talking foolishly."

He assured that the Government would continue its legal battle. He wrote: "To file an interim application for drinking water purposes was a chance we took. The legal battle over main application for 36tmc continues. An attempt for a political solution, using the good office of the PM & other national leaders, is something we need to push for..unitedly."

Meanwhile, Dinesh Gundu Rao recalled the issue of sharing Krishna waters, when Indira Gandhi was the PM. He concluded: "When Smt Indira Gandhi was PM, water for Chennai was resolved by sharing Krishna water amongst Maha, K'taka & AP, in an amicable manner."

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