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Ramesh Jarkiholi skips D K Shivakumar meet on drought

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | VITTAL SHASTRI
Published May 7, 2019, 2:44 am IST
Updated May 7, 2019, 2:44 am IST
Gokak strongman, BJP MLAs stay away from crucial meet on water release from Koyna dam.
Ministers D.K. Shivakumar and Satish Jarkiholi at a meeting organised by the irrigation wing in Belagavi
 Ministers D.K. Shivakumar and Satish Jarkiholi at a meeting organised by the irrigation wing in Belagavi

Hubballi: Congress leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has been unhappy with the party for some time, stayed away with most BJP legislators from the crucial meeting convened in Belagavi by water resources minister D K Shivakumar to discuss the severe drought and  water crisis in northern Karnataka on Monday.

Officials from his  Gokak Assembly constituency too did not attend the meeting, which discussed the release of water to Karnataka from Maharashtra’s Koyna dam  among other issues. District in-charge minister, Satish Jarkiholi and Rajya Sabha member, Prabhakar Kore were present.  

 

There have been protests in several parts of Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijayapur districts in the Krishna river basin, with people setting tyres on fire and shouting slogans over the increasing water shortage in the region. At the meeting on Monday, Mr Shivakumar said  the state had already pleaded with Maharashtra to immediately release water from the Koyna dam to north Karnataka. Warning farmers against using the available water for agriculture, he  directed the officials to stop power supply to all irrigation pumpsets in the Krishna river basin as a precaution.

Seeing several legislators absent at the meeting, the minister said they would have come if they were interested in solving the region’s water problem. BJP legislators from Kudachi, Nippani, Hukkeri, Rayabag, Arabhavi, and Savadatti Assembly constituencies of Belagavi district stayed away from the meeting.

Meanwhile, Satish Jarkiholi said no more effort would be made to try to retain his brother, Ramesh in the Congress. “Ramesh was  involved in anti-party activity even when he was minister. But no one told him to leave the party,” he added.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Hubballi




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