Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s remarks on Tuesday marking the event of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s loss of life anniversary has sparked a recent disagreement with leaders of neighboring Karnataka. The two states have been at loggerheads for many years over areas alongside their border in districts like Belagavi, Karwar, and Nipani.
Paying tributes to the late Maratha chief, Mr Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party evoked Mr Thackeray’s “dream” of “incorporating Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar, and Nipani”, areas in Karnataka with appreciable Marathi-speaking inhabitants, into Maharashtra. “Let’s resolve to fulfill Balasaheb’s dream,” he stated in his tribute, in accordance with a PTI report.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was fast to criticize Mr Pawar’s remarks.
“I condemn the comments made by Maharashtra Deputy CM, Ajit Pawar. The world knows that the decisions in the Mahajan Commission report were final … to fan the flames at a time like this is wrong,” Mr Yediyurappa informed reporters at the moment forward of a cupboard assembly.
By afternoon at the moment, Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, additionally appeared to have joined in with a sequence of tweets in each Kannada and English, largely focusing on the Chief Minister over the state’s Marathi-speaking inhabitants.
I strongly condemn any determination which is simply meant to reap political advantages. There is dispute between Kannadigas and Marathis for very long time now and with the announcement of Marathi improvement authority, @CMofKarnataka is instigating Kannadigas and disrupting peace.
– Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) November 18, 2020
Siddaramaiah’s reference was to the various schemes applied by the Yediyurappa authorities for the advantage of Marathi audio system in Karnataka’s border areas, one thing the previous Chief Minister appears to oppose.
Earlier within the day, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, too, had rejected any territorial claims of Maharashtra.
“We have faith in the Mahajan report that said Belagavi is part of Karnataka. We condemn what Ajit Pawar is saying. We will definitely write a letter on this,” Mr Savadi stated at the moment.
Both the Karnataka Chief Minister and his deputy referred to the one-man fee fashioned in 1966 underneath Meher Chand Mahajan, a former Supreme Court decide, to look into the dispute between the 2 states.
In its report submitted to Parliament in 1972, the Mahajan Commission rejected Maharashtra’s declare to Belgaum (now Belagavi), whereas recommending switch of some 250-260 villages every between the 2 states. While Karnataka agreed to adjust to the report, Maharashtra refused.
The border row has, thus, festered over the many years.
The Karnataka legislature is now typically held in Belagavi, near the Maharashtra border. This winter session, nonetheless, could be held in Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha, the chief minister has stated.