Political heat over Karnataka-Maharashtra boundary dispute escalates

PTI | | Posted by Pathi Venkata Thadhagath

The political warmth over the inter-state border row has escalated with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai hitting again at Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis terming his assertion on the problem “provocative”.

“No village in Maharashtra will go to Karnataka! The state authorities will struggle strongly within the Supreme Court docket to get Marathi talking villages in Karnataka together with Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani!,” stated Fadnavis. In a retort, Bommai, terming it a provocative assertion, stated: “His (Fadnavis’) dream won’t ever come true. Our authorities is dedicated to defending our state’s land, water and borders.” He additional stated that there was no query of giving up any house within the border districts of Karnataka. In truth, he stated: “Our demand is that the Kannada talking areas of Maharashtra like Solapur and Akkalkot ought to be part of Karnataka.” The dispute over Belagavi dates again to the Nineteen Sixties after the reorganisation of States on linguistic traces.

Earlier this week, the Eknath Shinde authorities in Maharashtra appointed two ministers to coordinate with the authorized group relating to the courtroom case on the dispute set to return up within the Supreme Court docket. Bommai stated quickly after that the State has deployed a battery of prime attorneys, together with Mukul Rohatgi and Shyam Diwan, to struggle its case. Bommai stated since 2004, the Maharashtra authorities has filed a case within the Apex courtroom over the border challenge. “To date they haven’t succeeded and they won’t achieve future as effectively. We’re geared as much as strengthen our authorized battle.”

The Karnataka CM had claimed that the Panchayats in Jath Taluka in Sangli district of Maharashtra had handed a decision up to now to merge with Karnataka when there was a extreme drought state of affairs and acute consuming water disaster, and his authorities has advanced schemes to assist them by offering water. Responding to this, Fadnavis instructed reporters in Nagpur on Wednesday: “These villages (in Jat Taluk) had launched a decision on the problem of water shortage in 2012. Presently, not one of the villages have launched any decision.” Karnataka has repeatedly maintained that the Mahajan Fee report on the border challenge is remaining, and “there is no such thing as a query of letting go even an inch of Karnataka’s border”. Bommai reiterated this week that there is no such thing as a instance to indicate that what had been executed underneath the States Reorganisation Act was reviewed. “The border dispute is a political device utilized by all events in Maharashtra. However they may by no means succeed,” he had stated. Shinde stated earlier this week: “Late Balasaheb Thackeray was at all times a staunch supporter of the state’s demand to make Belgaum (Belagavi) part of Maharashtra. Now we have concentrated our deal with fixing the problem. If required, the variety of attorneys can be elevated”

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