Karnataka takes a dig at Maharashtra on boundary dispute
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:54
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 border issue.

"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.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:54

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