CM Thackeray to Release a New Marathi Book on Border Dispute With Karnataka

CM Thackeray to Release a New Marathi Book on Border Dispute With Karnataka

With several key political figures in Maharashtra talking about reviving the border dispute with Karnataka, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to release a new Marathi book that explains the stance of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance on the border dispute with neighbouring Karnataka. 

It is said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, and opposition leader and former CM Devendra Fadnavis will be present at the book release. The book is titled Maharashtra Karnataka Simawad: Sangharsh Ani Sankalp (Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute: Struggle and Resolve). 

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A high-level state committee will reportedly meet after the conclusion of the book launch to discuss legal avenues necessary to take this case forward. 

In November 2020, Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar said that the Late Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray fought to bring districts like Belgaum, Karwar, and Nipani into Maharashtra, adding “Let us be determined to fulfil this dream”. 

Uddhav Thackeray recently brought up the issue while speaking at an event organized by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti. “Including Karnataka-occupied Marathi speaking and cultural areas in Maharashtra will be the true tribute to those who were martyred in the boundary dispute. We are united and committed towards it,” the Chief Minister had tweeted at the time.

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The topic is expected to heat up over the next few months, though it’s very unlikely to bear fruit. There has been a bipartisan backlash to this move from political leaders across Karnataka, including from Congress leaders. 

“I strongly condemn the statement made by @CMOMaharashtra Uddhav Thackeray about our Belagavi. Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka. Don't try to instigate us by bringing up the issue which is already resolved,” former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah had tweeted last week.

Meanwhile, the current BJP-led Karnataka Government helmed by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has also criticized the Maharashtra government for reviving this dispute saying that this could be “detrimental to the unity of the country.” 

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