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Siddaramaiah Slams Maharashtra CM Over Belgavi Issue

Mumbai: Former Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah on Monday condemned Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks on “incorporating Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka” into Maharashtra.

In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly said: “I strongly condemn the statement made by 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.”

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

He added, “Mahajan report is final with respect to Belagavi border issue. Uddhav Thackeray, don’t try to politicize the issue which is already decided. You are not just a Shiv Sena activist. Don’t forget that you are also a responsible Chief Minister.”

Siddaramaiah also requested Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to give a befitting response on this matter. “We will never compromise or politicize on matters related to land-water-language of Karnataka. Protecting our State is our responsibility. Karnataka Chief Minister should officially give a befitting response to the stupid comments made by Uddhav Thackeray,” he said.

On 17 January, the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office tweeted, “Bringing back Marathi linguistic and cultural areas from Karnataka to Maharashtra will be a true tribute to the martyrs who lost their lives in the battle of the Belagavi border dispute. We We are united and committed to this. With these words, we give homage to the martyrs.”

On November 18, last year Yediyurappa had condemned Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s remarks about incorporating Belgaum (Belagavi) and some other areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra

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