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Karnataka Suppressing Marathis, Injustice Can’t Go On, Says Uddhav as Maharashtra Passes Resolution to ‘Legally’ Include Disputed Areas


Last Updated: December 27, 2022, 14:54 IST

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde moves a resolution over Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute in State Assembly. (ANI)

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde moves a resolution over Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute in State Assembly. (ANI)

The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the border row resolution that stated Centre should urge the Karnataka government to implement the decision taken in the meeting with the Union home minister

Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute Updates: All necessary legal pursuits will be done in the Supreme Court to include Belgaum, Karvar, Nipani, Bhalki, Bidar and other 865 Marathi-speaking villages of Karnataka in Maharashtra under any circumstances, read the resolution tabled by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde over border dispute.

The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the border row resolution that stated Centre should urge the Karnataka government to implement the decision taken in the meeting with the Union home minister, and “government should be given an understanding to guarantee the safety of the Marathi people in the border areas”.

This comes a week after Karnataka passed a resolution reiterating its position on the Belagavi border issue.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution on border row with Maharashtra, resolving to protect the southern state’s interests and not to cede an inch of land to its neighbour.

The resolution, which also condemned the border dispute “created” by Maharashtra and moved by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, was adopted by a voice vote.

“We stand firmly with the people living in the border areas. We are bringing a proposal in this regard in the Assembly tomorrow,” Shinde had said on Monday. On the same day, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said in the Assembly that the state government will do whatever it can to ensure the Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka get justice.

While CM Shinde is already in Delhi to attend an official function, his Karnataka counterpart Basavaraj Bommai will be travelling to the national capital on Tuesday for “cabinet expansion and preparations for the 2023 Assembly polls”.

There has been no information yet regarding both the CMs meeting the top brass over the Belagavi border dispute. However, a report in The Indian Express quoted a senior minister on the condition of anonymity as saying: “The CM is not going to discuss this (cabinet expansion) as party leaders are clear of not inducting anyone at this juncture. There are other issues, including the Karnataka-Maharashtra row, and reservation demands, which the CM wants clarity on before passing it in the house.”

Here Are Other Belagavi Border Dispute Updates:

• Before the resolution in Maharashtra assembly, LoP Ajit Pawar said, “It will also be important to see whether the central government will support the demand to declare these disputed areas as Union territories as the matter is currently in court.”

• Fadnavis on Tuesday said, “Today CM will move a resolution on the border dispute. I hope the resolution will be passed by majority. I’m surprised that those who spoke yesterday (Uddhav Thackeray) did nothing for 2.5 years as CM. Border dispute did not start after our government came to power. It started with the creation of Maharashtra and language-wise formation of provinces. It’s going on for years. We never did politics on this issue and we hope that no one does politics on this. People of border areas should feel that entire Maharashtra is with them.”

• Hundreds of citizens, activists, political leaders and workers from Belagavi and Kolhapur participated in a protest march on Monday. Marching from Belagavi to Kolhapur, the protesters demanded an end to their “gulamgiri” (slavery) and urged 48 Parliamentarians from Maharashtra to “raise their plight” in Parliament. The protest was against the alleged violation of fundamental rights of Marathi-speaking people living in border area of Karnataka.

• Shiv Sena (UBT) chief and former CM Uddhav Thackeray demanded that a separate union territory be formed out of the contested territory. Addressing the legislative council, Uddhav raised the issue of the Marathi speaking people in Karnataka’s border area. The area should be turned into union territory till the dispute is resolved, he demanded.

“While Karnataka Chief Minister (Basavaraj Bommai) is aggressive on border row, Chief Minister Shinde is silent,” he said, targeting his former party colleague. “Until the Supreme Court decides on the matter, Belagavi, Karwar, and Nippani should be declared as a union territory. This should be added in the proposal that is to be passed in the assembly,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

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