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Karnataka is going to fight Boundary Row with Maharashtra in SC, says Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that his government has made all preparations to continue the legal battle over the Maharashtra border dispute in the Supreme Court.

The development comes after the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra appointed ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai to coordinate the lawsuit on the matter with a legal team.

Bommai told reporters Monday that the state has formed a team of senior attorneys to fight the case in Apex court when it comes to court.

The team will consist of former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Shyam Diwan, former Karnataka Advocate General Uday Holla and Maruti Jirale, according to Bommai.

“The team has made all preparations to challenge the case (at the Supreme Court). Tomorrow I will also have a video conference with these lawyers,” said the chief minister of Karnataka.

Bommai claimed that the enforceability of the case has not yet been decided, let alone the main request.

“That is why we have made all preparations to claim that the petition cannot be maintained,” he added.

The CM said that under Article 3 of the Constitution, the State Reorganization Act has been passed. After the reorganization of the states, no request for review has been considered in the country, he added.

Bommai claimed that politics in Maharashtra depended only on border rows.

“What has happened in Maharashtra is that the border dispute itself has become a political object. Regardless of party membership, all political parties raise the issue for their political reasons. But they will never succeed.” Since its establishment in 1960, Maharashtra has been embroiled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of the Belgaum district (also called Belagavi) and 80 other Marathi-speaking villages, which are under the control of the southern state..

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

“Moreover, when it comes to the state of Kannada, the language and the water, we are all fighting united. We will also fight together in the coming days,” said Bommai.

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

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had also warned the state government to wake up to the move of the Maharashtra government.

“The Government of Maharashtra has taken a special interest in the Belagavi border issue. @BJP4Karnataka must wake up immediately and convene a meeting of all parties to discuss the way forward,” the longtime congressman tweeted.

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