Border issue: ’10 times more effective’ resolution’- Maha Minister’s latest salvo despite Shah’s mediation

Borth CMs agreed to wait for court order
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Despite Home Minister Amit Shah’s mediation, the border issue between Maharashtra and Karnataka does not seem to have subsided as the former is ready to come up with a solution in the assembly. Maharashtra Chief Minister Shamburaj Desai on Friday said the state government will bring a resolution to the border dispute next week. He claimed that the resolution will be “10 times more effective” than the one passed by the Karnataka Assembly.

The resolution will be approved by the state legislature on Monday, the Tax Service said.

The Karnataka Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution on the border dispute with Maharashtra, deciding to protect the state’s interests and not cede an inch of land to its neighbour.

The resolution, which also condemned the border dispute “created” by Maharashtra and moved by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, was passed by voice vote.

Speaking to reporters at the legislative assembly in Nagpur, Desai said, “The state government will bring a detailed resolution on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue, which will be 10 times more effective than the one passed by Karnataka. The legislature on Monday.”

“I just want to say that even after the two (Maharashtra and Karnataka) Chief Ministers held a meeting with the Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) the Karnataka CM (Basavaraj Bommai) did not respect the decision.

Maharashtra CM (Eknath Shinde) and Deputy CM (Devendra Fadnavis) both want to resolve the issue through talks,” the minister said.

Desai, who is a member of the state-appointed Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Coordination Committee, added that the resolution to be passed on Monday will represent Maharashtra more effectively and will be in the interest of Marathi people.

“Once the resolution is passed, we will also convey our strong displeasure to the union home minister for not allowing Maharashtra leaders to enter Karnataka,” he said.

Border skirmishes have escalated in the past two weeks, with vehicles on both sides being targeted, leaders from both states and pro-Kannada and Marathi activists arrested by the police amid a tense atmosphere in Belagavi Karnataka.

The border issue dates back to 1957 after the States were reorganized along linguistic lines. Maharashtra claimed Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, as it has a large Marathi-speaking population. He also claimed more than 800 Marathi-speaking villages that are now part of Karnataka.

(with PTI input)

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