Explained: It’s BJP vs BJP in a decades-old boundary dispute

Times of India | 1 week ago | 25-11-2022 | 08:37 am

Explained: It’s BJP vs BJP in a decades-old boundary dispute

The decades-old boundary dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra over Belagavi has once again flared up with Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai training guns at Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis terming his statement on the issue “provocative”. Fadnavis had said on Wednesday, “No village in Maharashtra will go to Karnataka! The state government will fight strongly in the Supreme Court to get Marathi speaking villages in Karnataka including Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani!” Both Bommai and Fadnavis are senior leaders of the BJP. Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde has also maintained that no village of Maharashtra will be allowed to merge with any other state. Belagavi border dispute case between Maharashtra & Karnataka to be heard in SCLegal courseEarlier this week, the Shinde government in Maharashtra appointed two ministers to coordinate with its legal team regarding the court case on the dispute, which is set to come up in the Supreme Court. Soon, the Bommai government in Karnataka too deployed a battery of top lawyers, including Mukul Rohatgi and Shyam Diwan, to fight its case. Ongoing politicsBommai earlier claimed that the Panchayats in Jath Taluka in Sangli district of Maharashtra had passed a resolution in the past to merge with Karnataka when there was a severe drought situation and acute drinking water crisis, and the Karnataka government devised schemes to help them by providing water. Responding to this, Fadnavis said on Wednesday: "These villages had introduced a resolution on the issue of water scarcity in 2012. Presently, none of the villages have introduced any resolution." Read AlsoBoundary dispute in SC: Karnataka CM not above apex court, says Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra FadnavisMUMBAI: No one is bigger than the Supreme Court, not even the chief minister of Karnataka, said Maharashtra Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis as the boundary dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra continued to simmer. Fadnavis speaking to the media in Mumbai on Thursday said the dispute has been aroundThe disputeThe dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of the two states on linguistic lines. Maharashtra laid claim on Belagavi, earlier known as Belgaum, which was part of the Bombay Presidency at the time of independence, on linguistic grounds. Belagavi, bordering Maharashtra, has a significant population of Marathi-speaking people, and has for decades been a bone of contention between the two states. The matter reached the Supreme Court in 2004 and continues to be pending.

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