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‘Provocative’: Bommai vs Fadnavis as Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute flares up again

'Provocative': Bommai vs Fadnavis as Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute flares up again

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were involved in a war of words over the border dispute between the two states that has flared up once again.

It all started when Bommai claimed that some villages, reeling from a water crisis, in Maharashtra’s Sangli district passed a resolution to merge with Karnataka. However, Devendra Fadnavis said no village has sought merger with Karnataka recently, and there is no question of any border village “going anywhere”.
“These villages had introduced a resolution on the issue of water scarcity in 2012. Presently, none of the villages have introduced any resolution,” Fadnavis told reporters in Nagpur.

“Not a single village of Maharashtra will go anywhere,” Fadnavis stressed.

Basavaraj Bommai responded to Fadnavis in a series of tweets and called the Maharashtra deputy CM’s statements “provocative”.

“Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has made a provocative statement on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue and his dream will never come true. Our government is committed to protecting the state’s land, water and borders,” Bommai said.

“There is no question of giving up any space in the border districts of Karnataka. Our demand is that the Kannada-speaking areas of Maharashtra like Sollapur and Akkalakote should join Karnataka,” he added.

Maharashtra, since its inception in 1960, has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum (also called Belagavi) district and 80 other Marathi speaking villages which are in the control of the southern state.

The border dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of states on linguistic lines. The case is now before the Supreme Court.

On Monday, the Karnataka chief minister said he had formed a formidable legal team of senior lawyers to deal with the border dispute when it comes up in the Supreme Court.

Then on Tuesday, the Maharashtra government appointed Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai as nodal ministers to coordinate with the state’s legal team regarding the pending court case.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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