Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that a panel of advocates has been formed to resolve the state borders issues with Maharashtra. Exuding confidence over the State government’s preparedness to handle the border row, especially the Belagavi case, with Maharashtra, the Chief Minister said that the panel of senior advocates includes Mukul Rohtagi, Shyam Diwan, Uday Holla, Maruti Jirle and Raghupathy.
Bommai said a meeting regarding the border issue was held in which was attended by senior team of advocates. The CM said the team has met 2-3 times and decided what should be their line of argument in the border row.
The chief minister will be holding a video conference with the advocates' team on Tuesday. Stating that the application filed by Maharashtra with regard to its claim over Belagavi, Bommai said the application has not been considered by the Supreme Court.
The Chief Minister said the application filed by the Maharashtra government has not been considered and so far it has not got its maintainability and it may not get also. Discussion is going on regarding its maintainability.
The apex court has not considered the main case and it may not be maintainable. The Government of Karnataka will argue not to consider the application filed by the Maharashtra State. The Reorganisation of States Act was formed as per Column 3 of the Constitution, and there are no examples of reviewing it as such a situation has not arisen, he said.
The Chief Minister said the border row has become a political tool in Maharashtra and any party which is in power will rake-up the issue for political gains. Continuing, he said, “Maharashtra has not been successful yet and in the future also.”
He added, “We have worked together when it comes to protecting our territory, language and water issues. Letters will be sent to Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses regarding the steps initiated by the State Government over border row....