Mhadei dispute like fight between two brothers: Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar termed the differences with Karnataka govt over diversion of Mhadei river water to be a "fight between two brothers over property".

Updated: Jun 07, 2012, 17:15 PM IST

Panaji: Downplaying the differences with BJP-ruled Karnataka over diversion of Mhadei river water, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday termed it to be a "fight between two brothers over property".

"Don`t two brothers fight over property, same way both BJP governments are fighting over Mhadei," he said reacting to Goa`s stand on the Mhadei river water dispute.

Both the states are in a dispute over sharing of Mhadei river water, which originates in Karnataka and meets Arabian Sea near Panaji in Goa.

"What they (Karnataka) are doing is right because they are defending their rights," Parrikar said, adding that as a chief minister, he would be fighting for the interest of Goa.

On whether he will try to work out an amicable situation over the dispute, Parrikar said irrespective of party affiliations any government in Karnataka, either BJP or non-BJP, will have the same approach towards Mhadei river diversion.

"Their attitude would be the same," he said.

Goa has approached the Supreme Court demanding adequate resources for the inter-state water dispute tribunal, which is required to take up the issue, Parrikar added.