TAMIL NADU

Centre urged to help resolve border dispute

New Delhi: A strong plea for immediate Central intervention to resolve the long-standing Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute was made in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athavale said "injustice" had been done to Marathi-speaking people in the border areas by the inclusion of Belgaum in Karnataka on linguistic basis.

He suggested that the Belgaum region be divided, with Marathi-speaking areas going to Maharashtra and those having a majority of Kannada-speaking people being retained in Karnataka. If that is not possible, then Belgaum should be included in Goa to form "Vishal Gomantak," he said. Mr. Athavale wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of Maharashtra and Karnataka Chief Ministers to resolve the issue. — PTI