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Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute intensifies, ministers cancel trip, ask for Center's intervention

Due to this protest, two Maharashtra ministers, Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, postponed their scheduled visit to Belagavi.
07:13 PM Dec 06, 2022 IST | APN Live
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The border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra is taking a violent turn. Following a protest in Belagavi by an organization called Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, trucks with Maharashtra number plates were stopped, vandalised and black ink was applied on them. Several trucks were also pelted with stones.

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Belgaum city is at the center of this dispute. Maharashtra has consistently claimed that this Marathi-majority region was wrongfully given to Kannada-majority Karnataka in the language-based reorganization of states in the 1960s. Karnataka has recently resumed its claim on some villages in Maharashtra, triggering a fresh round of acrimony, despite the fact that BJP is the only party in power in both these states.

Ruckus started after the windshield of a truck was damaged during protests today, after large number of protesters blocked traffic carrying the traditional Kannada/Karnataka flag. Large number of Policemen have also been deployed to calm the situation, but the protesters continued to jostle with the police and lay down on the road.

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Due to this protest, two Maharashtra ministers, Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, postponed their scheduled visit to Belagavi. On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that the yatra could pose a law and order challenge. Maharashtra has appointed Patil and Desai as co-ordination ministers, as the dispute is yet again in the Supreme Court.

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Another case of border-line violence was reported in Belagavi about a week ago, at a college festival, when a student waving a Kannada flag was attacked by some Marathi students. Teachers and other staff of the host college in Belagavi’s Tilakwadi intervened to stop the fight and later the police had to start an investigation.

Several political leaders of Maharashtra are asking for Centre’s intervention now. NCP chief Sharad Pawar even said that if Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai is going to make provocative statements, then the Centre should intervene. He also requested Maharastra MPs to take a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, since the winter session of the Parliament is beginning tomorrow.

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