Shiv Sena in Goa on Monday accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah of being silent on Mahadayi issue in his address to party workers on Sunday.
In a statement, Goa Shiv Sena spokesperson Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik said it was expected that BJP President Amit Shah would make some statement on much-talked issue about Mahadayi in his speech in Goa.
‘After promising sky to get votes from the people in Karnataka, Shah made no reference to Mahadayi issue during his speech. Right from the time when Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar agreed to share water with Karnataka to the time when Shah assured people water within six months, if they are elected to power, Sena has been following up the issue every day,’ she said.
The Shiv Sena leader alleged that the statements made by Mr Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were merely to ‘fool’ the people of Karnataka.
Sena felt that Mr Shah should have clarified the stand of his party on the crucial issue.
‘BJP knows it very well that people of Goa would hit the streets and also throw down the government, if BJP even thinks of diverting Mahadayi river water, which is lifeline of the State,’ she said.
Ms Naik also accused Mr Shah of not making concrete statement on mining issue, which she said, had affected livelihood of the people in the state.
‘Mr Shah in his speech made just a vague reference to the mining crisis which are currently plaguing the state’s economy. Just two sentences that he would find the solution through court is what he had to say about the issue which is concerning livelihood of around three lakh people in the State.
Shah’s silence on Mining issue also confirms our belief that BJP is not serious about this issue. They are just bargaining for time. They are not bothered about the people whose livelihood is affected after the mining closure,’ she alleged.