Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated on Wednesday that the disputed border area between Maharashtra and Karnataka must be made a Union Territory till the matter was determined within the Supreme Court.
He stated it doesn’t matter what, the disputed half can be made a a part of Maharashtra.
“Ideally, status quo must be maintained in an area under dispute and the case is being heard in the apex court. But Karantaka government has renamed it Belgaum, given it the status of second capital of the State and holds its Assembly session there. Doesn’t it amount to disrespecting the court?” requested Mr Thackeray.
He was talking on the launch of a Marathi ebook on the continued battle between the 2 States over the border area.
Mr. Thackeray stated the disputed area was Karnataka-occupied Maharashtra and other people there have been truly dwelling in Maharashtra. “We never hated Kannada as a language, but we will not tolerate Kannadigas hurting our Marathi brethren,” he stated.
Maharashtra has been claiming that Belagavi, Karwar and Nipani belong to it as they’re Marathi-speaking areas. The Karnataka authorities has opposed the assertion and the case is presently being heard within the Supreme Court. Shiv Sena has been elevating the border district situation since its inception and has even carried out a variety of agitations and protests in Belgavi. An umbrella organisation referred to as Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti has been working on this area preserving the difficulty alive.
“The dispute has been going on for many years. At least till the time the matter is decided in the Supreme Court, why can’t it be made a union territory? Our government should be telling this in the court. We don’t want the Karnataka government meddling in the day-to-day affairs there,” Mr. Thackeray stated.
“No matter which political party gains power in Karnataka, they work together. We have to stand together in this. If this government [Maha Vikas Aghadi] cannot do this, then no government can,” he stated.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who was additionally current on the occasion, stated that after a extended train involving assortment of proof and making studies, the battle was now in its final stage. “The government needs to present its side firmly in the Supreme Court. I am sure that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will lead us there,” he stated.