Mangaluru Sep 22, 2016: Senior Congress leader B Janardhana Poojary took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to end the Cauvery deadlock.
Addressing media persons at Press Club today September 22, Thursday Janardhana Poojary said that the Prime Minister should hold meetings with the representatives of both states and find a solution on the basis of ground reality.
He further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed in his responsibility to bring an end to the water disputes of two states. Karnataka is almost heading towards constitutional crisis and PM has bamboozled people. PM has lost an opportunity to make his position strong by not trying to intervene in Cauvery water dispute, said Poojary.
Even the BJP has let gone an opportunity to come to power in the next elections when it decided to boycott all party meeting chaired by Siddaramaiah to discuss the future course of action on the issue of sharing Cauvery river water with Tamil Nadu, he said.
"This is not the first instance that a water dispute has cropped up. When Lal Bahaddur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Vajapayee had dealt water disputes with ease in the past, why can’t Narendra Modi do the same?," Poojary questioned.
Regarding Yettinahole project, Poojary said that Green Tribunal has taken a right step by issuing stern instructions that trees should not be axed in Yettinahole project area. It is better to plant 10 saplings in the area where trees were axed and withdraw Yettinahole project., he said.
When asked about Dinesh Gundu Rao’s statement, Poojary said that Rao need to apologize for his comments as he does not have any right to sack him from the party. Such an issue is left to Sonia Gandhi, he added.
Congress leaders Kallige Tharnath Shetty, Vijay Kumar Shetty and others were present.