Border row: No village will go to Karnataka, say Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 24-11-2022 | 05:28 am

Border row: No village will go to Karnataka, say Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

NAGPUR/NASHIK: A day after Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said his government is considering the resolution of Jath taluka villages to merge with Karnataka as Maharashtra government had “failed” to address water and irrigation problems there, his Maharashtra counterpart Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said no Maharashtra village will be allowed to merge with any other state. Chief minister Eknath Shinde said in Nashik, “There is no question of any village of Maharashtra getting merged with other state. Our government will take all measures to ensure no problems are caused to villages in Jath.” “Maharashtra wants to resolve the problem amicably with Karnataka. Governors of both states had a meeting on the topic. Even the Centre is playing a constructive role to resolve the dispute,” he said. “It is a legal battle between two states, and Maharashtra government will fight it out in Supreme Court to include Marathi-speaking areas like Belgaum (now Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said in Nagpur. Fadnavis said the resolution by Jath villages was passed in 2012 when there was water scarcity, and no new decision was made thereafter. “When I was CM, we had talks with Karnataka officials, and it was decided we can supply water to border villages wherever we want and they can replicate the same thing. Our minister Girish Mahajan had also decided to include Jath villages under a scheme.” The previous MVA government may not have approved the scheme because of the cOVID pandemic, said Fadnavis, adding Shinde would approve it immediately. “All these schemes have been funded by the Centre. There is no shortage of funds. These villages have not made any new demands. The Karnataka CM may have made some statements after Shinde held a meeting on the border issue and took decisions,” he said. “We have announced several welfare schemes for Marathi-speaking people residing in the border areas,” said Shinde.

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