Sena Writes to PM on Mahadayi, Dubs Parrikar “Bad Santa Claus”

Shiv Sena has asked Modi to stop Goa CM Parrikar from allowing Karnataka to divert the waters of the Mahadayi. 

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A file photo of Manohar Parrikar in Goa in March 2017. 

The Shiv Sena in Goa has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking his intervention to stop Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from taking the step of allowing Karnataka to divert the waters of the Mahadayi river.

In the letter, the party's Goa spokesperson Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik has termed the move by Parrikar on Christmas as that of being a "Bad Santa Claus" who is snatching the future of of the next generation, which is river Mahadayi.

Santa Claus distributes gifts to bring smiles on the faces of children but our Parrikar, who is a “bad Santa Claus”, has instead snatched the future of our children by agreeing to divert the water of River Mahadayi.
Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik, Shiv Sena’s Goa spokesperson

Naik in the letter said that the party wanted to express to the PM its displeasure over Parrikar's behaviour.

This is the festival to give joy to people. Birth of Lord Jesus Christ symbolises hope, but Parrikar’s action of agreeing to give Mahadayi river water to Karnataka has resulted in the state losing its hope for a better future.
Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik, Shiv Sena’s Goa spokesperson

The spokesperson in the letter stated that "the river is a gift for us from nature and our forefathers have worshipped and preserved it. It is our duty to pass it on to our future generation, and not to use it for our petty political gains."

The letter went on to request the office of the PM to act like a "real Santa Claus" by impressing upon "Bad Santa Claus" to take back his decision to allow Karnataka to divert the Mahadayi river water.

"You would spread a message of hope, love and peace, if you do so on the occasion of Christmas," the letter told the PM.

The Sena's letter is in response to the letter written by Parrikar recently to BJP's Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa softening the former's stand on the water-sharing issue.

BJP Raps Cong for 'Double-Speak' on Mahadayi Issue

Meanwhile, Union minister Prakash Javadekar rapped the Congress on Monday, 25 December, for its 'double-speak' on Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa, and blamed Sonia Gandhi for the stalemate.

Here is a Goa Chief Minister, with magnanimity he says, he is ready to solve the issue and give drinking water required to the drought-affected Karnataka. Instead of welcoming it, Congress is opposing in Goa, but raising questions against BJP in Karnataka. They cannot indulge in double-speak. People are not fools.
Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister

The Congress was instigating people when they have welcomed Manohar Parrikar's gesture, Javadekar said.

Javadekar is BJP’s election in-charge for the Karnataka assembly polls due early next year.

Karnataka is seeking water from the river for meeting drinking water requirements in northern parts of the state where it has become an emotive political issue.

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