Friday, December 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Chavan to meet PM on Ambedkar memorial, boundary row

Chavan to meet PM on Ambedkar memorial, boundary row
IANS India Private LimitedBy Indo Asian News Service | IANS – 18 hours ago

Mumbai, Dec 29 (IANS) For the second time in three weeks, Maharashtra
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will call on Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in New Delhi, seeking his intervention in the issues of Indu
Mills land and Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary row, an official said
here Thursday.

Chavan will meet Manmohan Singh Friday and impress upon him to allot
the approximate 12 acres land of Indu Mills at Dadar in Mumbai to the
state government free of cost, to enable it construct a magnificent
memorial dedicated to B.R. Ambedkar.

Recently, the central government expressed its tentative willingness
to give around four acres of the mills' land, situated in a prime area
of south-central Mumbai, for the proposed Ambedkar memorial. All Dalit
parties, however, rejected teh offer, demnanding the entire piece of

However, Chavan then moved a resolution in the state legislature Dec
20, demanding that the entire Indu Mill land, currently owned by the
National Textiles Corporation (NTC), be handed over free of cost for
developing the Ambedkar memorial.

Incidentally, the NTC had moved the Bombay High Court seeking eviction
of some Dalit party activists who have 'captured' and are squatting in
the mill premises since Dec 6.

The second issue Chavan will discuss with the prime minister is the
recent dismissal of the civic body of Belgaum in Karnataka, bordering
this state, ostensibly as it was dominated by Marathi-speaking

Chavan plans to urge Manmohan Singh to declare Belgaum and other
Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka as a 'union territory' until the
outcome of a pending litigation in the Supreme Court.

On this issue too, a resolution moved by Chavan was unanimously
adopted by the Maharashtra assembly Dec 16, demanding that the
disputed border areas be declared a union territory.


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