Bangalore: Karnataka today took a swipe
at Maharashtra for its demand of declaring 865 Marathi
speaking villages of the state as Union Territory till the
Supreme Court decided the neighbouring state`s petition on the
"When the Centre itself has filed an affidavit before
the Supreme Court on the Maharashtra contention on boundary
dispute, why should we speak?" state Home Minister V S Acharya
told reporters here.
Acharya declined to be drawn into a debate on the
demands put forth by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan
and said "Belgaum remained part of Karnataka. The issue has
already been resolved by the Mahajan Commission report".
Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai, also
the minister in-charge of Belgaum District, hit out at
attempts by Maharashtra to repeatedly rake up the boundary row
for political gains.
Asserting that Belgaum was part of Karnataka, he ruled
out any dialogue with Maharashtra on the issue.