Maha CM offers K’taka border talks

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday offered to hold bilateral talks with Karnataka to resolve the 61-year-old Belgaum border dispute involving the two states. He also said he would seek a review of the recent Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal’s verdict that allows Karnataka to raise the height of the Almatti dam. ‘‘I’m ready to holds talks if Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa agrees to a meeting and a settlement outside court,’’ Chavan said. In regard to BJP leader L K Advani’s suggestion of bilateral talks between the states to resolve the border issue, Chavan said: ‘‘I would be pleased if Advani instructs his party CM in Karnataka for the same.’’ He denied reports that Maharashtra was shutting down Kannada schools along the boundary. ‘‘We’re providing every facility to Kannada speaking people,’’ he added.
Describing the boundary dispute as a closed chapter, Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa reiterated that the Mahajan Commission report is final. “I don’t know in what context the Maharashtra chief minister has made that statement, but I don’t want to say anything more,” he added.

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