New Delhi: A day After Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar brought up the Karnataka border row issue, the Chief Minister of the neighbouring Karnataka has now hit back, implying that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was making such remarks for the sake of their “political survival”.
“Whenever there’s a political crisis in Maharashtra, and it’s there now, the entire government hits rock bottom. They have created this language bogey now, just to survive politically,” Basavaraj Bommai was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
On Sunday, the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar while addressing a gathering in Pune city on the occasion of Maharashtra’s foundation day said that they would continue to support the fight of Marathi-speaking people residing in border areas of neighbouring Karnataka to include those places in Maharashtra.
He said, “While we are celebrating 62 years of the formation of Maharashtra, we regret that the Marathi-speaking villages in Bidar, Bhalki, Belgaum, Karwar, Nippani and other places in Karnataka could not be merged with Maharashtra. I assure you that we would keep supporting their fight till these villages become part of Maharashtra.”
Maharashtra claims that certain areas, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani which are part of Karnataka, contending that the majority population in these areas is Marathi-speaking.
The case of the Maharashtra-Karnataka bounding dispute is pending before the Supreme Court.
Reacting to the comments of Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister, Bommai said, “The border issue is very clear, we stand firmly by our decisions and they also know it. I strongly urge the politicians of Maharashtra not to use this language bogey in their political acts.”