The belated decision of the Narendra Modi government not to allow the controversial Atmaram Nadkarni to appear in the Mhadei water dispute comes as a great relief to Goa's coffers.
A cash strapped Goa has already spent crores by way of legal fees paid to Atmaram Nadkarni and his bandwagon of advocates which includes his own family members. Atmaram Nadkarni is on record deviously claiming that he is appearing in the matter because of his love for Goa. If that be so, the flamboyant and crorepati former Advocate General of Goa should have volunteered his services gratis instead of over exorbitantly billing the State.
But why did it take the Narendra Modi Government so long to realize that Atmaram Nadkarni as Additional Solicitor General represents the Central government and could not appear in a dispute between two states. If this basic legal premise had dawned in the government earlier, Goa's taxpayers would have been spared of those crores Atmaram Nadkarni has merrily pocketed.
This long pending water dispute needs to be brought to an agreeable close because it's dragging on is something Goa desperately cannot afford. This battle which infact involves the three neighbouring states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, must in public interest be resolved amicably. The three neighbours should see reason to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach to an amicable and peaceful settlement. And with the very gluttonous Atmaram Nadkarni now off the pitch it may just happen.
In public interest let more crores not be poured down the drain on this water dispute between neighbours. It is a criminal and unjustifiable waste of public funds which only works to the benefit of the Advocates making hay while milking and drying the State coffers. And Goa's coffers are already in dire straits.
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