Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday condemned Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s remarks on the border dispute between the two states and said that Bommai is possessed. The Chief Minister of Karnataka is giving a statement on border issues. It seems as if CM Bommai of Karnataka has been possessed for suddenly claiming 40 villages in Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde does not have the courage to speak against the Chief Minister of Karnataka. Taking a jibe at Shinde, Thackeray said, “Have we lost our courage as the Karnataka chief minister is easily claiming villages in Maharashtra.”
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The statement came after Bommai engaged in a war of words with Fadnavis over the border issue between the two states and termed the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister’s remarks as “provocative”. Bommai tweeted on Wednesday evening, “Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has made provocative statements on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue and his dream will never come true. Our government is committed to protecting the country’s land, water and borders.”
Fadnavis had earlier said that no village in Maharashtra would go to Karnataka. The state government will fight vigorously in the Supreme Court to get Marathi speaking villages including Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani.
Responding to the issue, Ajit Pawar said, “After claiming the villages of Jat taluka in Sangli district, now the Chief Minister of Karnataka has also claimed Akkalkot and Solapur. I strongly condemn the statement of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Yes, our Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should give a befitting reply. The Center should immediately intervene. The matter is pending in the court. This is to divert the attention of the people and divert attention from inflation, unemployment.” Ajit Pawar said that now only the demand for Mumbai remains to be made.
Earlier Karnataka CM Bommai had earlier said that the boundary line has become a political tool in Maharashtra, and any party in power will raise the issue for political purposes. Bommai had said that my government is capable of protecting the borders of Karnataka and has also taken steps. Bommai claimed that some villages in Sangli district of Maharashtra, which are facing water crisis, have passed a resolution demanding merger with Karnataka. After this, a dispute started between the leaders of both the states.
However, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra refuted Bommai’s claims and said that no village has demanded merger with Karnataka in the recent past. Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Bharatiya Janata Party “cannot run away from the Karnataka issue”.
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