'PM should get Karnataka, M'rashtra to talk'

Talking with newsmen, he said the matter was pending before the Supreme Court and as president of a political party he would not comment on the issue. “I want people speaking Marathi and Kannada to live together like brothers. But I cannot take any particular stand on the issue,” he said.

Gadkari defended the action of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in banning export of iron ore and said export of value-added products would definitely help more profit and benefit. Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde was probing into the illegal mining and no one could question the integrity and sincerity of Justice Hegde on the issue.

“I am not supporting illegal mining and the Supreme Court decision on the issue is very clear. There is no need for Central Bureau of Investigation in the matter,” he added.

To another question on United Progressive Alliance proposal of according to autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, Gadkari shot back, “No not at all. There can’t be two Constitutions or two prime ministers in a country.”  Later, Gadkari was felicitated at Gomtesh Vidyapeeth by MLA and Adishtata Sanjay Patil presenting Gadakri with a silver mace. Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Bhausaheb Phunkar was also felicitated on the occasion.

Addressing the students and party workers on the occasion, Gadkari greeted them in Kannada “Nimmellarigu Nanna Namaskaragalu” and then said the same thing in Marathi and switched over to Hindi to deliver his speech.

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