The Shiv Sena on Tuesday stated Belgaum needs to be declared as a Union Territory, alleging that atrocities on Marathi-speaking individuals by pro-Kannada outfits had been persevering with there. An editorial within the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ alleged that a pro-Kannada organisation just lately beat up Marathi
individuals in Belgaum, eliminated Marathi boards from retailers there and likewise focused pro-Marathi social media customers. The Karnataka police had been additionally harassing Marathi individuals, it claimed.
“If the atrocities are usually not going to cease, then the Centre ought to declare Belgaum as a Union Territory,” it stated.
Maharashtra claims sure areas, together with Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani that are a part of Karnataka, contending nearly all of the inhabitants in these areas is Marathi- talking.
The dispute between the 2 states over Belgaum and different border areas is pending earlier than the Supreme Courtroom for a few years.
The editorial in ‘Saamana’ requested Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis to uptake the difficulty with the Centre and Karnataka chief minister.
There are Marathi individuals in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Vadodara (Gujarat) additionally. However, they by no means had any clashes with locals, the publication stated.
It additionally stated individuals talking completely different languages have been residing in Maharashtra for therefore a few years and that Marathi individuals by no means handled them badly.
“The way in which the BJP authorities in Karnataka is dealing with the atrocities dedicated on the Marathi neighborhood by locals, it appears to be encouraging such miscreants,” the Sena alleged.
It’s “unlawful” to deal with Marathi-speaking individuals in such a means when the boundary dispute situation is pending earlier than the Supreme Courtroom, the editorial stated.
(With PTI inputs)