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U.P. poll will trigger changes, says Gowda

Sunday 25 March 2007

Panaji: Janata Dal (S) national president H.D. Deve Gowda on Saturday said every party was keeping a "close watch" on the Uttar Pradesh elections, and political changes were bound to happen at the Centre soon after.

"It is too early for me to predict how political developments will take place after the U.P. elections. But there will be some political development," the former Prime Minister told reporters at Vasco, 40 km from here.

Mr. Gowda, who was in Goa to structure his party organisation in view of coming Assembly elections, said that post-U.P. polls, things would take different dimensions.

About the controversial Mhadei water dispute between Goa and Karnataka, Mr. Gowda said the issue would be settled by a tribunal as the Goa Government was not keen on solving it amicably.

"I dont want to blame anybody. I myself have tried [to solve the issue]. But the Goa Government feels that the settlement may not be helpful to them," he said.

Rubbishing claims that the Malaprabha water basin, which will be fed by the Mhadei river, is already surplus, he said Karnataka required water for its drinking water requirements. "I want to carry just eight tmc feet to meet our requirement," he said.

Replying to another question, he said that handing over of power from the Janata Dal (S) to the BJP in Karnataka would be smooth if both parties agreed to Karnataka’s development plan which was worked out while forming the coalition.

Mr. Gowda said he had no role in handing over the power. "It has to be done with understanding by both the groups," he said.

Reacting to the recent budget announcements by the Karnataka Government vis-a-vis a ban on arrack and farmer-friendly measures, Mr. Gowda said it was for the Government to find out resources to implement them. "Power is not in my hands. I can only expect that people who implement programmes must also know to mobilise resources." — PTI

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