'Convert disputed areas into UTs'

Mrashtra Assembly prepares formula for Belgaum

'Convert disputed areas into UTs'

The Maharashtra Assembly, on Thursday, scored a hat-trick by passing a resolution seeking the conversion of the disputed Maharashtra-Karnataka border areas into Union Territory till Supreme Court comes to a final conclusion, for the third time in three years.

The latest resolution moved by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, on Thursday, comes in the wake of Karnataka government's recent decision to supersede Belgaum City Corporation (BCC.) The resolution was supported by Sudhir Mungantiwar (BJP,) Madhukar Pichad (NCP,) Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena,) Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP,) Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) and Abu Asim Azmi (SP).

Similar resolution

Last year, the state Assembly here had also passed a similar resolution condemning the superseding of BCC; in 2010, the Maharashtra government which till then had been demanding immediate merger “ of the disputed border areas into Maharashtra, shifted its stance to seek conversion of 'contentious regions,” into Union Territories.

The latest resolution adopted by all parties unanimously, also condemned the “unconstitutional and unjustifiable” decision taken by Karnataka government to dissolve BCC despite a stay granted on the issue by the court.

Legal views

“Apart from meeting the prime minister, I would seek legal opinion on moving the court and also approach Linguistic Minorities Commission to explore the violation of rights of Marathi speaking people in Belgaum,” Chavan told the House.

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