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CM Uddhav Thackeray says will incorporate ‘Karnataka-occupied areas’ into Maharashtra

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said his government was committed to incorporating into the state the areas of Karnataka where Marathi speaking people are in majority.

This will be the “true tribute” to the martyrs of the cause, the chief minister’s office (CMO) said in a tweet.

The state claims Belgaum and some other areas, part of  the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but currently in Karnataka, on Linguistic grounds.

Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, a regional organisation fighting for the merger of Belgaum and some other border areas with Maharashtra, observes January 17 as the ‘martyrs day’ for those who laid down their lives for the cause in 1956.

The tweet by the CMO said “Bringing Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking and cultural areas in Maharashtra will be the true tribute to those who accepted martyrdom in the boundary battle. We are united and committed towards it. Respects to the martyrs with this promise,”.

In reply, BJP Karnataka general secretary N Ravi Kumar said Thackeray’s statement was “foolish in nature”.

Maharashtra claims certain areas, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani which are part of Karnataka, contending that the majority of population in these areas is Marathi- speaking.

The dispute between the two states over Belgaum and other border areas is pending before the Supreme Court for many years.

Thackeray last year appointed Maharashtra ministers Eknath Shinde and Chhagan Bhujbal as co-coordinators to oversee the state govenment’s efforts accelerate the case related to the boundary dispute.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News

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