The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | 24-11-2022 | 02:45 pm
NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Thursday condemned the statements made by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and urged the Centre to intervene in the Maharashtra Karnataka border row.He said, “A day before Bommai talked about including villages from Sangli district in his state. Today he is saying the same about villages from Solapur district. The Centre should intervene and stop the Karnataka chief minister from making such statements.”“The border dispute case between Maharashtra and Karnataka is still pending before the Supreme Court. Despite that, he is making unprovoked statements,” Pawar further said.Pawar alleged that Bommai was making such statements to divert people’s attention from the real issues, such as inflation and unemployment.Maharashtra Cabinet minister Shambhuraj Desai had said that Bommai’s claims over the border dispute between the two states should not be taken seriously.Bommai on Tuesday claimed that panchayats in Jat taluka 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 his government has evolved schemes to help them by providing water. The state government is seriously considering it, he added.The Karnataka CM also said his government has decided to give special grants to Kannada medium schools in Maharashtra and also pension to Kannadigas in the neighbouring state who fought for the unification of the state.On Monday, Bommai said he has formed a formidable legal team of senior lawyers from the Supreme Court and Karnataka to deal with the border row case when it comes up before the apex court.
A bandh call has been given in the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad on Thursday in protest against the controversial remarks of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and BJP spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi. The call has been given by the NCP, Shiv Sena (UBT), Congress, VBA and at least 100 social and voluntary organisations.“Essential services, hospitals, ambulances, schools and colleges have been exempted from the bandh. The NCP, Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, Congress, VBA, AIMIM and at least 100 organisations are supporting the bandh,” Maruti Bhapkar, one of the organisers of the bandh, said.Activist Manav Kamble said the bandh has been called to protest against the “insulting” remarks of Koshyari and Trivedi. “We want the Governor to be shifted out of Maharashtra. The Governor has insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj twice and it seems like there is a BJP conspiracy behind this,” he said.Bhapkar said the bandh will be enforced from 9 am to 5 pm. “All shops, industrial units, eateries and markets will remain closed to support the bandh,” he said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday directed state officials to expedite the Jalyukta Shivar scheme and prioritise the work of desilting canals and streams.“Water availability, planning and irrigation facilities are matter of concern for farmers. A large number of watershed works, which result in irrigation potential, need to be undertaken. Jalyukta Shivar scheme has given major benefits to farmers and therefore planning must be done to expedite the scheme now,” said Shinde during a review meeting of the soil and water conservation department.Shinde directed that financial as well as human resources should be provided to increase the scale of works under the scheme, which was implemented between 2014 and 2019, when Devendra Fadnavis was the chief minister of Maharashtra. After the Maha Vikas Aghadi government came to power, allegations of malpractices were made and Jalyukta Shivar was halted.The Indian Express had, in October, reported that Jalyukta Shivar – a pet scheme of Fadnavis – is set to make a comeback and the newer version of the scheme will have a mix of technical and social approach towards water conservation.When contacted, Fadnavis said the state government is relaunching the Jalyukta Shivar scheme. Jalyukta Shivar 2.0 will include approximately 5,000 new villages where technical works of water conservation — such as deepening and widening of water bodies, construction of small earthen dams and digging of farm ponds — will take place. These are villages which were not covered during the 2014-2019 phase of the scheme. The other component of the scheme will include more than 22,000 villages where water conservation works were carried out from 2014 to 2019. The work here will be about spreading water literacy, water management and conservation principles.
The tension between the two BJP-governed states has escalated over the last fortnight against the backdrop of imminent hearing of the SC case on the border dispute. Karnataka also faces assembly polls in April-May 2023. Here are key points about the ongoing border row between two neighbouring states: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis spoke to Union home minister Amit Shah on the phone on Wednesday, requesting his intervention on the issue. The border tension also echoed in Parliament with demonstrations from Shiv Sena (UBT) and NCP MPs. In the Lok Sabha, NCP leader Supriya Sule asked for intervention from the Union home minister. Karnataka home minister Arga Jnanendra said the state will not allow any Maharashtra functionary to make provocative statements in Belagavi. Jnanendra’s warning comes in response to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and former Maharashtra CM Sharad Pawar saying he would travel to Belagavi in the next 48 hoursand meet with activists. Karnataka home minister Arga Jnanendra said police in both Maharashtra and Karnataka have held meetings and are working together to defuse tension on the border. Karnataka minister and minister in charge of Belagavi district, Govind Karjol, said the Maharashtra government and its functionaries need to understand that all states are under a federal structure and they must respect all parties. “Karnataka will not sacrifice an inch of its land,” said Karjol. He said Maharashtra politicians are trying to gain political mileage from raking up the border dispute. ‘End attacks, or trips to Karnataka will stop’ An outfit staged a protest outside Karnataka Bank in Nashik and Shiv Sena (UBT) workers blackened two Karnataka state transport buses on Wednesday. Maharashtra’s transporters said they would stop movement of trucks to Karnataka if the attacks on their vehicles don’t end. For peace, but no change in stand on row, says Bommai Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said he had also spoken to his Karnataka counterpart Basavaraj Bommai. “I said there should be strong action against those who attacked vehicles from Maharashtra. And since the border issue is in Supreme Court, law and order should be maintained in both states,” Shinde said. Confirming the talk, Bommai tweeted, “We both agreed there should be peace and law and order should be maintained in both states since there is a harmonious relationship between people of both states. ” He added, “There is no change on our stand as far as Karnataka border is concerned. Legal battle will be pursued in SC. ” Sanjay Raut targets Shinde and Centre Saying the Shinde government was “impotent,” Shiv Sena’s (UBT) Sanjay Raut also targeted the Centre. “Vehicles would not have be-en attacked without support of Delhi. In 3 months, Maharashtra had been made a doormat of the Centre. ” He said Belgaum be made a Union territory. BJP state chief C Bawankule said, “Raut has been released after 3 months in jail. He has picked up language from other prisoners. ”
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Under attack from the opposition over the violence on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis spoke to Union home minister Amit Shah on the phone on Wednesday, requesting his intervention. The border tension also echoed in Parliament with demonstrations from Shiv Sena (UBT) and NCP MPs. In the Lok Sabha, NCP leader Supriya Sule asked for intervention from the Union home minister. Fadnavis said, “I spoke to Amit Shah on the phone and apprised him of the situation. I said that an attack on Maharashtra’s vehicles without cause was not appropriate. I told him that I had spoken to the Karnataka chief minister. I also asked him to clearly tell (Basavaraj) Bommai that attacks on vehicles at the border should be stopped immediately by any state. ” Shinde said that he had also spoken to Bommai. “I spoke to the Karnataka chief minister and said there should be strong action against those who attacked the vehicles from Maharashtra. And since the border issue is in the Supreme Court, law and order should be maintained in both states,” Shinde said. The tension between the two BJP-governed states has escalated over the last fortnight against the backdrop of imminent hearing of the SC case on the border dispute. Karnataka also faces assembly polls in April-May 2023. Won’t tolerate provocative actions: Arga JnanendraKarnataka home minister Arga Jnanendra on Wednesday said Karnataka will not allow any Maharashtra functionary to make provocative statements in Belagavi. Jnanendra’s warning comes in response to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and former Maharashtra CM Sharad Pawar saying he would travel to Belagavi in the next 48 hours and meet with activists. Jnanendra said police in both Maharashtra and Karnataka have held meetings and are working together to defuse tension on the border. He said: “The government has taken all possible precautions to ensure that there is no untoward incident or allow any person from Maharashtra to come and play with the emotions of people by making provocative statements. The Karnataka government will not allow such acts to take place. ” Earlier, Govind Karjol, water resources and minister in charge of Belagavi district, said the Maharashtra government and its functionaries need to understand that all states are under a federal structure and they must respect all parties. “Karnataka will not sacrifice an inch of its land,” said Karjol. “The Mahajan Commission report on the border is final. Both sides must remember that we live in a federal structure and we must be responsible while making statements. ” He said Maharashtra politicians are trying to gain political mileage from raking up the border dispute.
Mumbai: Chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the Mumbai beautification works ahead of the G20 (Group of 20) meeting which will be held in the city later this month. Officials said that 187 beautification works will get underway on Thursday. A statement from the CM’s office said the projects will visually transform Mumbai and add to its glory. “Beautification work has been accelerated in the last four months. Decisions like concretization of roads, beautification of koliwadas, and upgradation of hospitals will add to the glory of dynamic Mumbai. The meetings of the G20 Council are being held in Maharashtra and the first meeting will be held in Mumbai,”the statement said. According to the statement, 5,000 cleanliness ambassadors should be appointed to beautify Mumbai in order to ensure a change in its appearance by giving priority to cleanliness. “Important buildings should be illuminated, important roads, squares, skywalks, flyovers should be beautified. This work should be undertaken on a mission mode,” the statement from the CM’s office stated.This year, India received the presidency of G20. Officials said that 161 meetings or events will be held in India of which 14 are to be held in Maharashtra. In the state, these meetings will be held in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur. A meeting of the G20’s Development Task is scheduled to be held in Mumbai from December 13 to 16.