Not a single village in Maha will go to Karnataka: Fadnavis


Nagpur,(UNI) Over the border dispute, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said not a single village in Maharashtra would go to Karnataka.

Speaking to reporters here, Fadnavis said not a single village in Maharashtra will go to Karnataka and the state government going to fight in the Supreme Court to get Marathi-speaking villages including Belgaum,Karwar and Nipani too to our state," Fadnavis said.

Fadnavis was reacting to the statement of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai, who said that Karnataka was considering to include the Jat taluka of Maharashtra's Sangli district in their state.

He also said instead we are going to fight in the Supreme Court and try to get all our villages including Belgaum, Karwar and Nipani.

The dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of States on linguistic lines.

Amid both the states Karnataka and Maharashtra readying for a legal battle linked to the decades old boundary dispute over Belagavi.

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.

Karnataka repeatedly maintained that the Mahajan Commission report on the border issue is final and there is no question of letting go even an inch of Karnataka's border".

Notably,Karnataka has sought to make Belagavi a second power centre after Bengaluru. The government constructed the 'Suvarna Vidhana Soudha' in this town bordering Maharashtra and held winter sessions of the State Legislature there from 2012.

The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and pro-Marathi groups have for decades been fighting for inclusion of Belagavi and Marathi-speaking villages of the region with the western State.