Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday mentioned areas dominated by Marathi-speaking folks on the state’s border with Karnataka ought to be declared as a Union Territory until the Supreme Court docket provides its last verdict on the problem.
Talking on the launch of a e book on the boundary dispute between the 2 states, Mr Thackeray lashed out on the Karnataka authorities over alleged atrocities on Marathi-speaking inhabitants in these areas, and mentioned there’s a must battle to win the case for his or her inclusion in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra claims sure areas, together with Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani that are a part of Karnataka, contending nearly all of inhabitants in these areas is Marathi-speaking.
The case over the dispute between the 2 states is pending earlier than the Supreme Court docket for a few years.
Mr Thackeray mentioned, “When the case is being heard within the Supreme Court docket, the Karnataka authorities renames Belgaum, declares it as its second capital, constructs a Legislature constructing and holds one legislature session there.”
“Is not this contempt of court docket?” Mr Thackeray requested.
He mentioned the “Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking areas ought to be declared as a Union Territory” until the Supreme Court docket provides its last verdict.
“Now we have to study from previous experiences and battle to win. The Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking areas will probably be included in Maharashtra,” he asserted.
The chief minister additionally focused the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) for allegedly disintegrating and
weakening the Marathi trigger for egocentric political pursuits.
“Earlier, the MES received half-a-dozen MLAs, Belgaum mayor was a Marathi-speaking individual. The Shiv Sena by no means entered the political fray in Belgaum as a result of it didn’t wish to weaken the MES,” he mentioned.
Mr Thackeray, whose get together shaped a Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) with the NCP and Congress to kind authorities in 2019, mentioned a time-bound motion plan must be charted out to win the authorized battle and make sure the Marathi- talking management and folks in these areas of Karnataka stay united.
“Let’s take a pledge that we are going to not relaxation until we win. If the lengthy pending situation just isn’t resolved throughout this (MVA) authorities’s tenure, it’ll by no means be,” he mentioned.
“In Karnataka, whichever political get together’s authorities or chief minister take cost, they’ve one factor in frequent -atrocities in opposition to Marathi folks and language,” he charged.
Marathi folks must also unite, he mentioned, including that “allow us to be decided to win”.
Talking on the event, NCP president Sharad Pawar mentioned the Mahajan Fee was arrange (by the Centre in 1960s) to review and arrive at a conclusion when (Maharashtra chief) Senapati Bapat started his starvation strike.
“The then Maharashtra chief minister Vasantrao Naik accepted the fee and agreed that its findings will probably be binding on the state. However, the fee was 100 per cent in opposition to Maharashtra,” Mr Pawar mentioned.
“We (Maharashtra) rejected the fee’s findings. Barrister A R Antulay, the previous CM, wrote a e book dismissing the Mahajan Fee’s report. This e book ought to discover a point out within the new e book (launched on Wednesday),” he mentioned.
Mr Pawar mentioned the Supreme Court docket is the “final weapon for the state” and Maharashtra ought to use all its authorized acumen to win the case.
“Now we have to battle to win. There is no such thing as a different choice. It’s good that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is taking a lead on this route. Maharashtra must sink its political variations and present extra unity on this case,” he mentioned.
The brand new 530-page e book, ”Maharashtra-Karnataka Seemavad: Sangharsh Aani Sankalp” (Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute: battle and pledge), compiled and edited by Deepak Pawar, an OSD within the state authorities”s boundary dispute cell, provides an in depth account of situation.
Deepak Pawar mentioned he has travelled from Bidar to Karwar (in Karnataka) and located that love for Marathi language and tradition binds folks from the border areas to Maharashtra.
“The necessity of the hour is to guarantee them that the state of Maharashtra is firmly behind them, and the MES must also be united to hold on the battle,” he mentioned.
Maharashtra Normal Administration Division’s principal secretary Shrikant Deshpande mentioned the boundary dispute is a battle for the “Marathi asmita (satisfaction)”.
The e book, comprising articles and cartoons chronicalling the problem during the last 64 years, will assist create an consciousness concerning the situation among the many new technology and bridge the disconnect between Marathi-speaking locals and different folks in Maharashtra, Deshpande mentioned.
“Political and social mobilisation is the necessity of the hour to make sure Marathi language and tradition thrive in these areas,” he mentioned.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa not too long ago slammed Mr Thackeray’s feedback whereby the latter mentioned his authorities is dedicated in the direction of incorporating into Maharashtra the areas of Karnataka the place Marathi-speaking individuals are in majority.
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