Maharashtra vs Karnataka: How the border row between 2 BJP-ruled states started?

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However, Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, refuted these claims, saying that no such village had requested a merger with Karnataka. He had also said that no villages in Maharashtra would go to Karnataka, according to ANI reports.

“No Maharashtra village will go to Karnataka! The state government will fight hard in the Supreme Court to get Marathi speaking villages including Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani,” Fadnavis wrote on Twitter.

In response to the remarks, CM Bommai wrote on Twitter, “Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has made a provocative statement on the Karnataka Maharashtra boundary issue and his dream will never come true. Our government is committed to protecting the country’s lands, waters and borders.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra opposition leader Ajit Pawar also condemned Bommai’s remarks on the border dispute between the two states and asked Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis to “give a firm answer.

Shiv Sena Chairman Uddhav Thackeray also hit Shinde and said he lacked the courage to speak out against his Karnataka counterpart, according to PTI reports.

“Have we lost our courage as the Chief Minister of Karnataka easily makes claims on the villages of Maharashtra? Does Karnataka CM have blessings from Delhi? Does the Center also want the same thing? said Thackeray.

After that, Maharashtra CM Shinde claimed that his government would not let even an inch of Maharashtra’s land go away to anyone.

“We are working to bring justice to the Marathi people in the border areas. Not even an inch of space in Maharashtra will be allowed to go anywhere. It is the responsibility of our government to solve the problems of 40 villages,” Shinde told reporters, as quoted by ANI.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar also said the Bharatiya Janata Party “cannot run away from the Karnataka issue”.

The border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka started decades ago. When Maharashtra and Karnataka were formed in 1960, the Marathi state claimed that 865 villages along the border should be merged with it. On the other hand, Karnataka had claimed rights over 260 Kannada villages along the Maharashtra border.

It is mainly called the Belagavi or Belgaon dispute, where Maharashtra wants to reclaim the district along with 80 other Marathi-speaking villages, which are currently under the control of Karnataka.

The Indian government has also formed the Mahajan committee to decide on the reorganization of Belagavi, but no deal has yet been reached. The case is now before the Supreme Court of India.

(With agency contributions)

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