Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute: Uddhav Thackeray Targets Bommai On Border Dispute

Mumbai, 25th November 2022: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Thursday, condemned Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai’s remarks on the border dispute between the two states.

Thackeray said, “The Chief Minister of Karnataka is giving his statement on border issues. Does it seem Karnataka CM Bommai has suddenly been forced to claim 40 villages of Maharashtra? Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Ajit Pawar condemned Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s remarks on the border dispute between the two states and asked Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis to give a befitting reply.”

This happened 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 ‘provocative’. Bommai tweeted on Wednesday evening, “Maharashtra’s 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 land, water and borders of the country.”

Fadnavis had said that no village in Maharashtra would go to Karnataka. He tweeted, “No village in Maharashtra will go to Karnataka! The state government will fight hard in the Supreme Court to get Marathi-speaking villages, including Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani.”

Responding to the issue, Pawar said, “After claiming the villages of Jat taluka of Sangli district, now the Chief Minister of Karnataka has claimed Akkalkot and Solapur as well. I strongly condemn the statement of the Chief Minister of Karnataka. 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 court. This is to divert the attention of the people from inflation and unemployment.” Pawar also sarcastically remarked that now only the demand for Mumbai remains.

Karnataka CM Bommai had earlier said that the borderline has become a political weapon 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 a war of words broke out after some villages in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, which are facing water problems, passed a resolution demanding a merger with Karnataka. However, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra refuted the claims and said that no such village has demanded a merger with Karnataka in the recent past.