New Delhi: TDP and Shiv Sena clashed in the
Lok Sabha today over the Babhli barrage issue forcing two
adjournments, even as the government said the dispute between
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh was pending in Supreme Court.
"The Supreme Court is seized of the matter. Even a
contempt petition has been filed in the Supreme Court which is
pending .... Therefore, I would earnestly request all of you
that there are other fora available for the point that we have
raised here," Water Resources Minister P K Bansal said.
Responding on the issue which saw TDP members storming the
well and clashing with Shiv Sena members, the Minister said,
"Every honourable member knows as to what is the role and what
could possibly (be) the role of Government of India in the
matter which involves disputes between two states."
Noting that the Chief Ministers of the two states had a
meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two days ago,
Bansal said he has been directed by the Prime Minister to
ensure that the Central Water Commission (CWC) should monitor
the issue continuously.
The CWC should prepare regular reports about compliance of
the apex court`s interim order, he said.
Bansal`s statement came after the issue forced two
adjournments as also a heated argument between some TDP
members and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. This later
prompted both sides to apologise.
TDP leader Namo Nageshwar Rao alleged that Maharashtra was
doing injustice to Andhra Pradesh by "illegally" going ahead
with the construction of the Babhli project falling in
Marathwada region of Maharashtra bordering Andhra Pradesh.
This was contested by several Shiv Sena members.
The House was adjourned twice during the Question Hour
with TDP and Shiv Sena members clashing on the issue and TDP
members trooping into the well.