Karnataka CM Yediyurappa condemns Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s statement on border issues
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Monday accused Thackeray of "trying to sabotage the amicable atmosphere" in the border areas of the states.
Bengaluru: Reacting to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray stating that his government is committed towards incorporating into the state the areas of Karnataka where Marathi-speaking people are in majority, leaders from Karnataka across party lines objected the same.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Monday accused Thackeray of "trying to sabotage the amicable atmosphere" in the border areas of the states. “It's unfortunate, I condemn the statement. We're not going to give even an inch of land from this side.”
“Uddhav Thackeray should instead show his commitment towards respecting the principles of unity,” he added.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah condemned the Maharashtra CM's statement adding that Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka. "Don't try to instigate us by bringing up the issue which is already resolved. Mahajan report is final with respect to Belagavi border issue. Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, don't try to politicize the issue which is already decided," he tweeted.
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar and others also condemned the Maharashtra CM's statement made on Sunday.
Both states have been at loggerheads for decades over the border issues.
Maharashtra claims the border district of Belagavi was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, but is currently a district of Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.
On its part as an assertion that Belagavi is an integral part of the state, Karnataka has built the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, modelled on the Vidhana Soudha, the state legislature building in Bengaluru, where a legislature session is held once a year.