Like China entered, we will…: Sanjay Raut over Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue

In the wake of rising tension between Karnataka and Maharashtra over the border issue, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut on December 21 further escalated his attack on the neighboring state.

“We will enter Karnataka like China entered the country,” he said. The head of the party also said that they do not need anyone’s “permission” on this issue.

While talking to the media he said, “Just as China has entered, we will enter (Karnataka). We don’t need anyone’s permission. We want to solve it through a debate but the Karnataka CM is fanning the flames. There is a weak government in Maharashtra and it is not taking any stand.”

The leader’s statement comes amid heightened tension between Maharashtra and Karnataka in the decades-long border dispute, with the matter now before the Supreme Court.

However, comparing the situation with China will further raise the issue after the recent clashes between Chinese and Indian troops in Tawang.

However, Eknath Shinde’s government is facing criticism on the issue and furor from the opposition during the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar had earlier raised the issue of border dispute in the Assembly and said “One Lok Sabha member from Maharashtra has been stopped from entering Belgaum. It was decided in a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah that no one will be stopped. going there, then how can the collector there take such a decision .

Responding to the issue raised by Pawar, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said, “For the first time the Home Minister of the country mediated the border dispute, he has taken this issue seriously, we have presented it to him in favor of the border residents, Amit. Shah expressed his views on the border dispute , now there should be no politics in the border dispute, we should join the border neighbors.”

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis concurred with CM Shinde’s remarks and said the government will look into the matter.

On December 14, Amit Shah said that neither state will make any claim against the other until the Supreme Court delivers its verdict after chairing a meeting on the border dispute between the two states.

Tension prevailed in the Belagavi border areas of Maharashtra’s Karnataka border after members of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and the National Congress Party staged a protest demanding entry into Belagavi on Monday.

The Karnataka-Maharashtra border row turned violent last week after vehicles from both states were attacked and damaged in Belgaon and Pune.

The Belagavi Police denied permission to the MES to hold its Maha Melava at the Tilakwadi Vaccine Depot and served prohibitory orders under the jurisdiction of the Tilakwadi Police Station. Section 144 has been imposed in the area and heavy security was deployed at the venue of the MES convention scheduled to be held on the first day of the Winter Session of the Karnataka Assembly.

The border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka dates back to the enactment of the State Reorganization Act of 1956. The Maharashtra government demanded realignment of its border with Karnataka.

After that, the two states formed a committee of four members. The Maharashtra government expressed willingness to transfer 260 predominantly Kannada-speaking villages, but Karnataka rejected the proposal.

The two governments later approached the Supreme Court to expedite the case.

(With input from ANI)

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