Maha CM's tweet on border dispute: Yediyurappa warns not to politicise issue

Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS): Leaders cutting across political lines in Karnataka, including Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, on Monday came down heavily on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's tweet on "incorporating Marathi-speaking areas" in Karnataka into Maharashtra.

In a series of tweets, Yediyurappa through his official handle @CMofKarnataka declared that Mahajan Commission report's recommendations on the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is "absolute and conclusive".

"Maharashtra CM's raking up border issue with us is smacked with arrogance and audacity. His statement on Belagavi is a slap on the face of the country's federal structure. He should realise this as it is a foregone conclusion when both states have agreed and implemented Mahajan Commission report's recommendations long ago," he said.

In another tweet, he said that it was painful to note that the person occupying CM's post should have indulged in politicking over the border dispute.

"This is nothing but an attempt to disrupt the harmonious atmosphere in Karnataka. Marathas living in Karnataka assimilated with Kannada and Kannadigas very meaningfully, similarly Kannadigas living Maharashtra have assimilated with Marathas beautifully. Let this peaceful and affectionate coexistence not be disturbed by anyone including Maharashtra CM," he urged and added that "the least I expect from Uddhav Thackerey is that he should respect our federal structure and laws that govern our land."

On Sunday, Thackeray while paying tributes to the martyrs of the border hostilities asserted that bringing back Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra was the only fitting tribute.

He also tweeted that "Bringing Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking areas into Maharashtra will be a true tribute to those who accepted martyrdom in the boundary battle. We are united and committed towards it."

Asserting his commitment to solving the "border dispute", Thackeray added he will fulfil his promise.

Thackeray had kicked off a row over the age-old border dispute between both states in December 2019, when he referred to Belagavi as "Karnataka-occupied-Maharashtra" in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Taking strong exception to these statements, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Siddaramaiah warned Thackeray to not "politicise the issue".

Asserting that the Mahajan report on this issue is "final", Siddaramaiah called out the Maharashtra CM for his "irresponsible statement".

Siddaramaiah also appealed to Yediyurappa to give a befitting response to the "stupid comments" made by the Maharashtra CM.

Former Karnataka CM and JD-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy also warned Maharashtra to not test the patience of peace loving Kannadigas by raking up "settled" border dispute long ago.

Kumaraswamy said Maharashtra CM's statement shows nothing but the "expansionist mindset" of Uddhav Thackeray. "In order to prove that Belagavi is integral part of our state, culture and pride of our language, I had taken decision to hold Legislature Session in Belagavi by constructing Suvarna Vidhan Soudha there when I was the CM (2006 to 2008)," he said.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi who is also Belagavi district in-charge minister said Thackeray's remarks on Sunday on "incorporating Marathi-speaking areas" in Karnataka into Maharashtra is nothing but an attempt to create unnecessary confusion over the issue.

"Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka. The Mahajan Commission report has already been accepted and there is no question of giving even an inch of land," he asserted.

He accused the Maharashtra government of raising the issue to cover up its failures.

Kannada Development Authority (KDA) chairman T.S. Nagabharana too said that Thackeray has made the statement despite knowing that they will not be able to take even an inch of land from Karnataka.

Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj said instead of talking about Marathi-speaking areas, Maharashtra should give Solapur to Karnataka.

"Around 120 villages in the border district, where Kannada-speaking people are in majority, have been denied basic facilities. They want to be part of Karnataka," Nagaraj claimed.







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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    About two months ago it was Ajit Pawar and now Uddhav raking the same issue. Next will be somebody from Congress or even BJP. Only Raj Thackeray seems to be more matured on this issue when he once expressed his disinterest as long as the disputed territories are in India. This is being raked up now and then since the 1970s when Congress was in power in both the states and centre as well. Marathas in Belgaum and Kannadigas in Kolhapur and Solapur had been coexisting peacefully since the British Raj, years before the present states were formed. Why disturb their peace by political gimmicks? I’m sure even the Marathas living in Belgaum will not support CM Thackeray’s statement since they have no reason to feel alienated or discriminated in Karnataka. They have their own schools, institutions, businesses and even temples in Belgaum. Water bill in Belgaum Corporation limits is issued in Marathi. Manmade borders make no difference to these people.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Pandora box unfolding for INC !!! Congress ex CM Ashok Chavan, along with Shiv Sena, CM Udhav Thackeray, has threatened to begin an agitation for Belgaum, Nipani, and other border regions, into my state of Maharashtra !!!! Whereas CM Yediyurappa and Congress leader DKS, have vehemently opposed any annexation.... Watch out for more fireworks, along the disputed boundaries, separating Karnataka and Maharashtra state !!!!

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  • Sathish JM, Kumpala

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Don't Take Thackeray lightly!! He can break all Kannadiga's houses in Mumbai saying that all interiors in houses are not approved by his government.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Tue, Jan 19 2021

    Dear CM Yediyurappa, I appreciate your tough stand taken, when Amit Shah came to visit Karnataka recently. Here, too, you have taken the tough stand, when Kannadiagas self respect is questioned. Be like King Hoisala, We are with you.

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  • Alphonso Dsouza, Bendur Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Many of us may differ with Yidyurappa on matters of party related issues. When it comes to territory of Karnataka, Kannadigas stand united to protect our traditions, culture, language and territory.

    Look at our Industrial development, agriculture, education, medical, science and technology. Belagavi has been developed to a level that Maharashtra can not even dream of.

    People speaking in both languages are harmonious towards each other. Mumbai has hundreds of Kannadigas running successful businesses. Why stir up their minds. Maharashtrians love Kannadigas and vice versa.

    Politics is poison. Let's be Indians first. We have all lived in peace and harmony, let us continue to do so. We love Maharashtra as we consider the people as peace loving. Kannadigas are born with this virtue hence we respect every one around us. Udhavji's comment on territories is truly uncalled for.

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  • abdul munim, UDUPI

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    who cares you Yeddy? Maharashtrians have more love towards their state and language than you have for Kannada.

    During RAF inauguration, no plaque in Kannada and you were a mute spectator.

    Double policy of jail birds like you will not have any support

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