‘Expansionary like China, divisive’: Karnataka leaders slam Uddhav’s Belagavi comments

Leaders throughout get together strains in Karnataka, together with the Chief Minister and the Leader of Opposition, Monday voiced objections to an announcement by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, through which he mentioned his authorities was dedicated to incorporating Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka into the state.

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa accused his Maharashtra counterpart of attempting to “disturb the prevailing harmonious atmosphere” within the border areas of the states. “Uddhav Thackeray should instead show his commitment towards respecting the principles of unity,” he said.

Yediyurappa mentioned the assertion by Thackeray was “detrimental” and “contrary to the principles of the nation’s unity”, including “The Maharashtra CM raking up the border issue in the name of Marathi language and culture is unwarranted, and goes against the federal structure of the nation. The Mahajan Commission report on this matter is final.”

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On Sunday, Thackeray had mentioned bringing “Karnataka-occupied” Marathi-speaking areas into Maharashtra could be a “true tribute” to these martyred within the boundary battle in 1956.

However, Yediyurappa mentioned, “Marathi people are living in harmony with Kannadigas in Karnataka. Likewise, Kannadigas living in the border districts of Maharashtra are living in harmony with the Marathi people there.”

Senior Congress chief and former CM Siddaramaiah too condemned Uddav’s assertion, including that Belagavi is an integral a part of Karnataka. “Don’t try to instigate us by bringing up the issue which is already resolved. Mahajan report is final with respect to Belagavi border issue,” he mentioned in an announcement.

Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Kumaraswamy likened Thackeray’s assertion to the “expansionary policies of China”, warning that such remarks would have an effect on the harmonious relationship between the states.

Meanwhile, Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan urged the Congress in Maharashtra to withdraw its assist to the Shiv Sena-led authorities. “Parties like Shiv Sena that try to rake up unnecessary issues to jeopardise the unity of the country are dangerous to our democracy. Our (Karnataka’s) tolerance and pacifism should not be considered weakness by anyone,” he mentioned in Bengaluru.

Deputy CM Laxman Savadi, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, and different leaders additionally condemned the Maharashtra CM’s assertion.


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