BENGALURU: As Karnataka and Maharashtra locked horns over boundary issues, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a panel of advocates has been formed to resolve the state borders issue.
Speaking to reporters here on Monday, the CM asserted that “a strong team of advocates has been formed to resolve all the boundary issues.”
He said a meeting regarding the border issue was held in which a senior team of advocates including Mukul Rohtagi, Shyam Diwan, Uday Holla, Maruti Jirle and Raghupathy attended. The CM said the team has met 2-3 times and decided what should be their line of argument on the border row.
“I will be holding a video conference with the advocate’s team on Tuesday. Letters will be sent to Leaders of Opposition in both Houses regarding the steps taken by the government in this regard. We are fully prepared to argue our case in the Supreme Court,” Bommai said.
The Chief Minister said the application filed by the Maharashtra government has not been considered and so far, its maintainability has not been accepted and it may not also. Discussion is going on regarding its maintainability. The Apex Court has not considered the main case and it may not be maintainable. The Karnataka government will argue not to consider the application filed by the Maharashtra. 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.
Bommai said the border row has become a political tool in Maharashtra and any party in power will raise this issue for political purposes. “But they have not been successful so far and in the future also. We are capable of protecting the borders of Karnataka and have taken steps also. We have worked together when it comes to land, language and water of Karnataka and have fought jointly. No one has the right to change the Reorganisation of States Act”, he added. (ANI)