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Karnataka-Maharashtra Border Dispute: Yediyurappa Slams Thackeray

Mumbai: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday attacked the CM of Maharashtra and said that Uddhav Thackeray’s speech on the integration of Marathi language and culture in Maharashtra is contrary to the principle of the Indian Union.

He further said that it is painful that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is trying to sabotage in a cordial atmosphere.

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He said, “Thus talk of regionalism and linguistics is detrimental to the unity of the country. I condemn it. Marathas in Karnataka are living with the Kannadigas. Whereas in the border districts of Maharashtra, the Kannadigas are living with the Marathas.”

Karnataka and Maharashtra have been in loggerheads in areas along their border in districts such as Belagavi, Karwar and Nippon for decades.

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The Chief Minister of Maharashtra said on Sunday that his government would include areas in Karnataka where Marathi-speaking people are in majority in the state.

“Bringing Karnataka-wide Marathi-speaking and cultural region to Maharashtra will be a tribute to the soldiers who were martyred in this border war. We are united and committed to that. Respects to the martyrs with this promise,” the CMO tweeted on Sunday.

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Earlier in day former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah slammed Maharashtra CM and said that We will never compromise or politicize on matters related to land-water-language of Karnataka. Protecting our State is our responsibility.

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