Border row: Top lawyers will fight Karnataka’s case against Maharashtra, says CM Basavaraj Bommai

Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 04:21 am

Border row: Top lawyers will fight Karnataka’s case against Maharashtra, says CM Basavaraj Bommai

BENGALURU: As the Supreme Court is set to hear petitions on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute from Wednesday, CM Basavaraj Bommai has expressed strong confidence in protecting the state's borders deploying a battery of top lawyers to fight the state's case. Bommai told reporters on Tuesday that the government has taken all possible measures to effectively present its case before the SC by forming a team of "proficient advocates". The team includes former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, senior advocate Shyam Diwan, former Karnataka advocate general Uday Holla and advocate Maruti Jirale, he said, adding he will hold a video conference with the team on Wednesday ahead of the hearing. The development comes a day after Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde formed a committee of 14 members to give suggestions and guide its lawyers on its petition filed in the Supreme Court in 2004. Bommai claimed that the maintainability of the case has not yet been decided, let alone the main petition. Maha leaders rake up border issue for political gain: CMBasavaraj Bommai He added: "Hence, we've made all preparations to assert that the petition cannot be maintained." The CM said that under Article 3 of the Constitution, the State Reorganisation Act of 1956 was passed. After the reorganisation of states, "there is no instance of any review petition ever being considered in the country," he added. Though the border row is a closed chapter, Bommai alleges Maharashtra politicians, irrespective of their party affiliation, rake it up for political gain. "But they have not and will not succeed," he said. Maharashtra, since its inception in 1960, has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum (renamed Belagavi) and 80 other Marathi-speaking villages, which are under the control of Karnataka. Bommai said he has already written to the leader of the opposition and heads of other political parties seeking suggestions on the issue. In a series of tweets, opposition leader Siddaramaiah urged Bommai to call an all-party meeting to discuss the state's strategy. "The Maharashtra government has taken special interest in the Belagavi border issue. @BJKarnataka should immediately wake up and call for an all-party meeting to discuss the way forward," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

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