Karnataka all set for legal battle over border row: CM Bommai

28 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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In another significant development in the border conflict, Karnataka CM Basavraj Bommai stated on Sunday that the state is preparing to go to court with Maharashtra over the border dispute.

In another significant development in the border conflict, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai stated on Sunday that the state is preparing to go to court with Maharashtra over the border dispute.

CM on Sunday presided over a conference with top attorneys and officials in preparation for the case’s hearing before the Supreme Court on November 30.

“The petition filed by the state of Maharashtra regarding the border issue had no legal provision because it was filed on the basis of the State Reorganisation Act and Article 3 (formation of new states and alteration of areas, boundaries, or names of existing states) of the Constitution,” Karnataka CM said.

Karnataka’s chief minister further stated that a team of seasoned lawyers led by Mukul Rohtagi and Uday Holla will present the state’s case.

CM Bommai said, “A G Prabhulinga Navadagi and Uday Holla, two senior attorneys, have issued directives. I shall be in Delhi on November 29 to discuss these problems with our senior attorney, Mukul Rohtagi. Overall, the state of Karnataka is prepared to fight a judicial struggle to safeguard its border and territory.”

He went on to say, “We follow both the law and the Constitution. Karnataka’s scenery will remain unchanged. The state’s position and demand will be given at the time the case is submitted. In this regard, an all-party conference and a meeting of legal experts have been scheduled for next week to explore the line of argument.”

Bommai previously stated that the border dispute has become a political instrument in Maharashtra, and that any party in power will use it for political goals.