Mhadei issue should be resolved amicably: Arlekar

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Vasco: Former Environment and Forest minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajendra Arlekar on Sunday said Mhadei river water diversion issue needs to be resolved amicably by the governments of both, Goa and Karnataka states by sitting across a table.

“Mhadei river issue needs to be sorted out by the leaders of both the states by sitting across tables. Goa and Karnataka people will have different opinions on Mhadei issue but it needs to be sorted out by the states’ lawmakers,” he said.

Questioned by reporters on the role of the newly appointed BJP Goa desk in-charge C T Ravi and whether the appointment will benefit Karnataka with regard to the Mhadei issue, as Ravi is a Karnataka leader, Arlekar said Ravi is in Goa to take stock of the party works and strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

Ravi, who is also the BJP national general secretary, arrived in Goa on Sunday. 

“The visit of Ravi will certainly benefit the party and help strengthen its roots in Goa. It will also help maintain bond between the party leaders,” said Arlekar. “The governments of both the states will resolve the Mhadei issue at the government level. The Goa desk in-charge has nothing to do with the other government-related issues between the neighbouring states,” said Arlekar.