Slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey for raking up the inter-state border row, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol on Sunday claimed that the Maratha king Chhatrapti Shivaji was a ‘Kannadiga’. “Thackrey doesn’t know the historical past. Shivaji’s forefather Belliyappa was a Kannadiga from Soratur in Karnataka’s Gadag district. When drought struck Gadag, he (Belliyappa) migrated to Maharashtra, and Shivaji was the fourth technology of his household,” Karjol instructed reporters in Karnataka’s Belagavi.
At a e-book launch on the border dispute between the 2 states in Mumbai on January 27, Thackeray mentioned areas dominated by Marathi-speaking individuals in Karnataka like Belagavi, Karwar and Nippani must be declared because the ‘Union Territory’ until the Supreme Courtroom gave its closing verdict within the many years previous case.
Asserting that the Mahajan Fee’s report in 1968 upheld Karnataka’s declare on Belagavi, Karwar, Nippani and 800 villages within the border areas,” Karjol mentioned that Thackeray had been elevating the difficulty to divert consideration from the ‘infighting’ within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition authorities, which was shaped by Shiva Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Get together (NCP) on November 28, 2019 in Maharashtra.
“Thackrey ought to not less than know now that Shivaji, who’s Shiv Sena’s icon and named the get together after the Maratha king was a Kannadiga by origin,” reiterated Karjol, who hails from Bijapur (Vijayapura) within the state’s north west area.
Thought-about to be the founding father of the Maratha empire, Shivaji Bhonsale (1630-1680) was topped emperor (Chhatrapati) in 1674 at Raigad within the Konkan area of Maharashtra.
Echoing Karjol, the state’s one other Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi mentioned as Belagavi was a part of then Bombay province or presidency throughout the British rule, Mumbai must be a part of Karnataka and must be declared as Union Territory until the apex court docket gave its verdict.
“As Thackeray couldn’t implement pro-people insurance policies throughout the Covid pandemic, he was dropping recognition within the neighbouring state (Maharashtra).
Savadi, who hails from Athani in Belagavi district, additionally mentioned the MVA coalition authorities had failed on numerous counts in Maharashtra.
Thackeray mentioned, “When the case is being heard within the Supreme Courtroom, the Karnataka authorities renames Belgaum (as Belagavi), declares it as its second capital, constructs a legislature constructing and holds one legislature session there yearly. Is not this a contempt of court docket,” thundered Thackeray.
Authored by Deepak Pawar, an officer within the Maharashtra’s boundary dispute cell, the 530-page e-book – “Maharashtra-Karnataka Seemavad: Sangharsh Aani Sankalp'” (Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute: wrestle and pledge) offers particulars of the dispute between the 2 states.
Belagavi, about 500km northwest of Bengaluru, was a part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency throughout the British rule however was given to Mysore state throughout the reorganisation of the states on linguistic grounds in 1956.
When Maharashtra made declare to the border district on the premise that there have been extra Marathi-speaking individuals residing in Belagavi and tons of of its villages, that are a part of Karnataka, the central authorities constituted the Mahajan Fee in 1967 to settle the inter-state boundary dispute.
Although the Fee upheld Karnataka’s declare on Belagavi and about 800 villages on demographic knowledge exhibiting extra Kannada-speaking individuals residing in them, Maharashtra filed a petition within the Supreme Courtroom difficult the Mahajan report and the case continues to be pending within the high court docket.