Alleging Kannadiga bias at the Centre, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday demanded the removal of Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily to ensure impartial handling of the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.
In a front-page appeal to the Centre in the party mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray said, “How can one expect that Marathi people in border areas (of Karnataka) will get justice from courts?” asked Thackeray.
Reiterating that Moily must be removed, he suggested that someone with impeccable record should be appointed the union law minister in his place to resolve the Maharashtra-Karnataka border row impartially.
The Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute came to limelight following an affidavit by the Centre in the Supreme Court in June. It stated that the disputed areas could not be made part of Maharashtra merely because a majority of the population there speaks Marathi.