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CM, Opposition leaders express solidarity with SMSS

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Mumbai, Apr 17 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane, and Opposition Leaders Gopinath Munde and Ramdas Kadam, among others, expressed their solidarity with the Samyukta Maharashtra Seema Samiti (SMSS) which had organised a day-long ''dharna'' at Azad Maidan here for an early resolution of the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute.

Addressing the gathering at Azad Maidan, Mr Deshmukh said Maharashtra, which has a peaceful tradition, believes that the issue should be resolved by the Supreme Court.

Mr Kumar Kadam of SMSS said the Central Government had failed to apprise the Supreme Court on its stand and leaders from the State should hold a ''dharna'' in New Delhi to focus attention on the issue.

Leader of Opposition Ramdas Kadam observed that it is ironical that the then Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna is today the Governor of Maharashtra. ''When Mr Krishna was the Karnataka Chief Minister, he had declined to surrender even an inch of land to Maharashtra, and so it needs to be seen how he deals with the issue now,'' Mr Kadam said.

Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, speaking on the occasion, demanded that the Centre should use the same yardstick to resolve the issue as had been done in the case of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.

He pointed out that because of the seriousness of the subject, leaders, cutting across party lines, had come together on one platform to demand its resolution.

Nagesh Hurde and K V Patil, two farmers who had come to listen to the speeches of the leaders, expressed the hope that the contentious issue would be resolved soon.

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