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Karnataka ready to fight border dispute with Maharashtra in SC: CM Bommai

The team of senior advocates to fight the case, according to Bommai, will have former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, Shyam Diwan, former Karnataka advocate general Uday Holla and Maruti Jirale

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Karnataka | Maharashtra | Basavaraj Somappa Bommai

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 



Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka CM
Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka CM

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that his government has made all preparations to contest the with in the .

The development comes following the government in appointing ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai to coordinate with a legal team regarding the court case on the issue.

Bommai told reporters that the state has formed a team of senior advocates to fight the case in the when it comes up for hearing.

The team, according to Bommai, will have former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, Shyam Diwan, former advocate general Uday Holla and Maruti Jirale.

"The team has made all preparations on how to contest the case (in the Supreme Court). Tomorrow, I will also have a video conference with these lawyers," the chief minister said.

Bommai claimed the maintainability of the case has not yet been decided yet, let alone the main petition.

"Hence, we have made all preparations to assert that the petition cannot be maintained," he added.

The chief minister said that under Article 3 of the Constitution, the State Reorganisation Act was passed. After the reorganisation of states, there is no instance of any review plea ever considered in the country, he added.

Bommai alleged that politics was dependent only on border rows.

"What has happened in Maharashtra is that the itself has become a political object. Irrespective of the party affiliation, all the political parties for their political reasons raise the issue. But they will never succeed," he said.

Maharashtra, since its inception in 1960, has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum (also called Belagavi) district and 80 other Marathi speaking villages, which are in the control of the southern state.

The chief minister stressed that the state government is strong enough to protect its borders.

"Moreover, when it comes to the Kannada state, language and water, we all fight unitedly. In the coming days as well, we will fight together," Bommai said.

He said he will write to the opposition leader and heads of other political parties on this issue.

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah too had cautioned the state government to wake up to the Maharashtra government's move.

"Maharashtra government has taken special interest in Belagavi border issue. @BJP4Karnataka should immediately wake up & call for an all-party meeting to discuss the way forward," the Congress stalwart tweeted.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Tue, November 22 2022. 07:17 IST

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