The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state unit has steered clear of the border row between Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The party’s executive met on Tuesday to discuss its strategy for Lok Sabha polls.
It resolved to stand by the Marathi people of border areas but left the decision on the Congress-led governments of both states and at the Centre. It did not make any commitment to take up the matter with the party in Karnataka.
“President Pratibha Patil, who was elected to the office on Marathi votes, should take a decision on this,” said Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari. “If an all-party delegation decides to meet the President about this, we will participate.”
The BJP blamed the Congress for the row that began since Maharashtra was formed in 1960. The BJP said, successive Congress-led governments at the Centre and in both states did not take any steps to solve the issue.
But the party did not want to comment on Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa’s statement that Karnataka would not part with an inch of land. “The Congress leaders in Maharashtra and the President should look at the interests of Maharashtra in this matter,” said Bhandari.