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Updated: May 1, 2013 03:07 IST

Maharashtra will abide by SC verdict on Belgaum: Prithviraj Chavan

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during the press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during the press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said Maharashtra would abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court on its petition seeking merger of the border town of Belgaum with his State.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Chavan, however, refused to reply when it was pointed out that the Maharashtra government had failed to abide by its commitment to accept the recommendations of the Mahajan Commission. He clarified that the apex court verdict would become the law of the land and his government had to accept it as both States had agreed to abide by the verdict. Mr. Chavan, who served as the All-India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Karnataka in the 2008 Assembly elections, called upon the voters of Karnataka to wipe out the Bharatiya Janata Party as its government was “born out of corruption and sin”.

Mr. Chavan said the then Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his Ministers had no time for administration as they were running from one court to the other fighting criminal cases against them. He said the party, busy in looting public money, split three ways.

He said that the UPA government would initiate the mechanism to implement the special status provided to six districts of Hyderabad Karnataka region by amendment to Article 371 (J) of the Constitution. The development board would be constituted soon after the party comes to power.

When asked whether he would write to the Karnataka government to withdraw the case filed against one of his Ministers, he said he would talk to the Chief Minister.

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