Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress
Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre today said strong
emotional sentiments were attached to the boundary dispute
Talking to reporters, Thakre said he said written to UPA
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
Defence Minister A K Antony, who is the AICC General secretary
in-charge of Maharashtra.
The letter was written following the affidavit filed by
the Centre in the Supreme Court rejecting Maharashtra`s stand
that Belgaum and other nearby areas should be transferred to
Maharashtra on the basis on language, he said.
"I wrote that people of Belgaum and Maharashtra have
strong sentiments that the Marathi speaking villages be merged
with this state. The issue is very emotional and the
sentiments need to be respected. I urged the leadership to
make suitable suggestions to resolve the issue in an amicable
manner," he said.
Thakre also said that a co-ordination committee of state
Congress and NCP will be formed soon and the first meeting is
expected to be held after the Monsoon session of the
Legislature which begins here from Monday.
"There will be five members each from both sides. Chief
Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and state unit presidents of
both parties will be part of the committee. We have to
finalise three names from both parties. Congress has
shortlisted three names and will be announced after Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan clears them," he added.