Raj Thackeray to meet Gadkari over border row

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief said he would meet BJP president Nitin Gadkari over the state`s long standing border dispute with Karnataka.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2011, 18:11 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj
Thackeray on Monday said he would meet BJP president Nitin Gadkari
over the state`s long standing border dispute with Karnataka.

"I will personally meet BJP president Nitin Gadkari on
December 21 over the issue in Nagpur. I am also ready to meet
the Chief Minister of Karnataka," he told reporters here after
meeting a delegation of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES).

Taking potshots at the rival Shiv Sena, Thackeray said
had the party pressed for demand when the NDA was at the
Centre, the issue would have been resolved by now.

"I don`t know whether it will be resolved now. I have no
idea," he said.

Lawyers appointed by the Maharashtra government were not
present on eight occasions when the case came up for hearing
in the Supreme Court, he alleged.

Thackeray felt the issue had to be tackled practically
and not emotionally.

"By shutting down Maharashtra or staging protests or
vandalising vehicles the issue will not be resolved," he said.

"For how long will people from the Karnataka-Maharashtra
border areas stage demonstrations? I told them (delegation)
the reason why Karnataka government was committing atrocities
on them was because they speak Marathi or want to be part of
Maharashtra. Since they are living in Karnataka they should
know Kannada language, like people of Maharashtra should know
Marathi.

"The situation in Maharashtra too is not hunky-dory. If
people from border areas want to come in Maharashtra would we
be able to provide them proper facility. They will have to
face various problems like that of load-shedding," he said.

The issue has to be resolved at once. It is the question
of survival of over 25 lakh people. The youth`s view should
also be taken into consideration, he said.

Earlier, during the meeting, Thackeray asked the members
of the MES delegation whether they had met Karnataka Chief
Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and apprised him of the issue.

PTI