Belgaum issue: BSY flays Maharashtra

“The Mahajan Commission report is final. The commission was constituted after Karnataka, Maharashtra and the Centre agreed that its recommendation will be binding on all the three parties. We have accepted the report,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bangalore.

Yeddyurappa’s comments come in the wake of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan petitioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a demand that the 865 Marathi-speaking villages on the Karnataka border with Maharashtra be granted the Union Territory status till the Supreme Court pronounces its final verdict on the issue.

Yeddyurappa said differences between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had compelled the Maharashtra Government to raise the boundary issue with Karnataka to divert the attention of people. The Centre had also filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that there was no question of parting with the villages.

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