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Karnataka political leaders blast Maharashtra CM, protests erupt over his statement on border issue | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Protests erupted in components of Karnataka on Monday together with within the district headquarters metropolis of Belagavi on Monday in a powerful condemnation of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s statement on the delicate border issue. Political leaders chopping throughout occasion strains got here down closely on Thackeray.
“There is no question of giving even an inch of land from Karnataka to Maharashtra. He should give up issuing statements just for political reasons,” Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa advised reporters on Monday.
“I am pained at Maharashtra chief ministers remarks that can disturb the prevailing harmonious atmosphere.I expect Shri Uddhav Thackeray, as a true Indian, to show his commitment and respect to the principles of federalism in letter and spirit,” Yediyurappa stated in a tweet.
Thackeray stated on Sunday his authorities is dedicated in direction of incorporating into the state the areas of Karnataka the place Marathi-speaking individuals are in majority.
This would be the “true tribute” to martyrs of the trigger, the chief ministers office (CMO) stated in a tweet.
Maharashtra claims Belagavi (earlier known as as Belgaum) and another areas, a part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency however presently in Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.
Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, a regional organisation combating for the merger of Belagavi and another border areas with Maharashtra, observes January 17 because the ‘martyrs day’ for individuals who laid down their lives for the trigger in 1956.
“Bringing Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking and cultural areas in Maharashtra will be the true tribute to those who accepted martyrdom in the boundary battle.We are united and committed towards it.Respects to the martyrs with this promise,” the CMO tweeted.
Maharashtra claims sure areas, together with Belagavi, Karwar and Nippani that are a part of Karnataka, contending that almost all of inhabitants in these areas is Marathi-speaking.
On Monday, pro-Kannada organisations held demonstrations and burnt Thackeray’s effigy in components of the State.
A number of pro-Marathi activists led by native items of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti had organised the ‘Martyrs Day’ in Belagavi on Sunday.
They demanded merger of Belagavi, Karwar, Nippani, Bidar and Bhalki with Maharashtra.
Thackeray’s statement got here on a day when Union dwelling minister Amit Shah and Yediyurappa together with his cupboard colleagues and BJP legislators have been current in Belagavi bordering Maharashtra to commemorate the victory of BJP backed village panchayat members within the latest elections.
Yediyurappa added on Monday that the Marathi folks have been residing in concord with Kannadigas in Karnataka.
Likewise, Kannadigas residing within the border districts of Maharashtra live in concord with the Marathi folks there.
The Karnataka chief minister condemned Thackerays feedback saying it could actually disrupt the peace and concord amongst folks.
Hitting out at Thackeray, former chief minister and Congress chief Siddaramaiah tweeted, “Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka. Don’t try to instigate us by bringing up the issue which is already resolved.”
Cautioning Thackeray to not politicise the issue which is already determined, Siddaramaiah reminded him that he’s not only a Shiv Sena activist but additionally a accountable chief minister of a state.
Lashing out at Thackeray, JDS chief and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy stated, “Looking at his tweets, it appears like a statement issued by a terrorist.”
In his tweets, Kumaraswamy likened Thackeray’s statement with Chinese expansionism.
“Uddhav Thackeray’s irresponsible statement that ‘Karnataka occupied territories will be annexed to Maharashtra’ sounds like Chinese expansionism. Such an expansionism will jeopardise the harmony among states formed on the linguistic ground,” Kumaraswamy stated in statement.
Deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi, state Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and several other others condemned Thackeray’s statement.

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