Maharashtra DCM Ajit Pawar writes to PM seeking intervention in Karnataka-Maharashtra border row
To resolve the decades-long Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP party leader Ajit Pawar has dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The DyCM has demanded the PM's intervention in this regard. Earlier, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar demanded the merger of 865 villages from Karnataka into Maharashtra based on the majority of the population speaking Marathi.
The Maharashtra-Karnataka relation may once again become volatile as Maharashtra has raked up the border issue. Now, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention.
The DyCM in his letter dated August 9, wants the PM to resolve the decades-old border dispute.
The NCP leader has contended in the letter that despite 60 years after the formation of Maharashtra state, many places with the majority of Marathi-speaking areas are still with Karnataka.
Pawar opined that places like Belagavi, Nippani, Balki, Bidar Karwar and some other places despite having a majority of people following Marathi language and culture, however, these places have not been merged with Maharashtra.
Although Maharashtra has approached the Supreme Court in this regard and the case is going on, Pawar appealed to the PM to understand the sentiments of Maharashtra in this regard. He asked PM Modi to ensure the dream of Maharashtra is realised of having this disputed land into its territory with his efforts and intervention.
Merge 865 villages into Maharashtra: Mumbai Mayor
Earlier, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had also written a letter to PM Modi seeking his intervention in merging 865 villages in Maharashtra.
She had told that 40 lakh people from this disputed land are Marathi speaking population and are being forced to follow different languages and cultures.
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