Boundary row: Chavan to lead all-party delegation to PM

In the backdrop of the Supreme Court hearing the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute case, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan Sunday said he would lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 14 on the issue.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 21:28 PM IST

Mumbai: In the backdrop of the Supreme Court
hearing the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute case, Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan Sunday said he would lead an all-party
delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 14 on the
issue.

Addressing a press conference, Chavan said the Prime
Minister has convened a meeting on Chief Ministers and Home
Ministers on the Naxal issue on July 14 in Delhi.

"I have sought an appointment with the PM to convey the
strong sentiments of the people of Maharashtra to him on the
boundary dispute. I will take Opposition leaders and central
ministers from the state also as members of the delegation,"
he said.

Chavan said the PMO has given appointment on July 14.
"The timings will be conveyed to me soon," he said.

He said the Prime Minister was aware of the seriousness
and sensitivity of the issue.

The chief minister said the stand presented by the Centre
in the Supreme Court last week was not an "affidavit".

"The Centre`s stand was not an affidavit but a statement
on the state`s interim application in the case. The
clarification would be made in the court tomorrow. Our main
petition still stands," he said.

The Chief Minister, however, described as
"objectionable", the Centre`s remarks that the court rejected
the application with a cost.

"All is not lost. The final decision is yet to come," he
added.

PTI