Wednesday, January 21, 2009


By Express News Service
20 Jan 2009 05:09:00 AM IST

'Not an inch of land will be given to Maharashtra' BELGAUM: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise Maharashtra leaders not to interfere in the border dispute. He said not a single inch of Karnataka's land would be transferred to Maharashtra.
Replying to a motion tabled by T B Jayachandra, Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, the CM said that there was no question of handing over any land of Karnataka to Maharashtra.
Demanding the implementation of Mahajan Commission report, he said that Karnataka's stand on the border dispute was clear.
"Karnataka will never compromise on land and water with its neighbouring States. Kannadigas are peace-loving people and they do not want unpleasantness,'' he said.
Referring to the burning of a Karnataka bus at Latur in Maharashtra, Yeddyurappa said that the Karnataka Home Minister has already spoken with his counter part in Maharashtra.
Jayachandra, who tabled the motion, said that the government should give protection to Kannadigas living in Maharashtra. Blaming the State Government for the violence in Maharashtra, he said that violent incidents would not have taken place if the Government allowed MES to hold the Maha Melava.
Minister R Ashok said that the government has taken a decision to stop plying of buses to Maharashtra and vice versa temporarily. He said that the Transport Department had incurred a loss of Rs 10 lakh due to the bus burning at Latur by the Chava Sanghata


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