Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Monday told the Legislative Assembly and Council that he would ask the Karnataka government to drop charges against state Home Minister R R Patil.
Patil was booked by Belgaum police for promoting enmity between two communities and for breaking the model code of conduct last week.
Maharashtra and Karnataka are embroiled in decades-old border feud over 865 villages along the border. Maharashtra claims these villages should be merged with the state on linguistic grounds.
The issue of FIR against Patil was raised by Labour Minister Hassan Mushrif. He condemned the Karnataka government for the action.
The Assembly,including the CM,rallied behind Patil,saying the action of Karnataka Police was improper. I am not averse to meeting the Prime Minister again along with an all-party delegation on the border dispute, he told the House.
Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse expressed solidarity with the Marathi-speaking people in border areas and supported the demand for declaring the disputed areas a Union Territory till the Supreme Court resolves the issue. Members in the Legislative Council also condemned the FIR against Patil.