Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar is hopeful of a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court on the review petition filed by the State on the issue of holding elections to the local bodies.

Speaking to presspersons after inspecting various development works in Hubli on Saturday, Mr. Shettar said the review petition had been filed by the State government after taking all political parties into confidence. “All the political parties in the State are for holding elections to the local bodies based on the 2011 census,” he said.

He said that since the State Election Commission had taken exception to the government’s stand, the review petition had been filed and the State would abide by the verdict of the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister, however, refrained from giving a direct reply to the question on whether he would accept the honorary doctorate from Karnataka University. He said that he would be taking part in the Assembly session on February 15, the date on which the convocation ceremony of the university is scheduled.

To another query on the same issue, the Chief Minister clarified that he was not after any award or honour.

The Chief Minister said that people across the state had welcomed the creation of 43 new taluks. Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected various development works.

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