A decade-old border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka (Maharashtra-Karnataka Land Row) has once again taken hold. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said in a book release event that the disputed portion should be made a union territory until the border dispute between the two states is settled. Following this statement by Thackeray, a new claim was also filed from Karnataka. Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi said that Mumbai should be included in Karnataka and at least it should be made a Union Territory.
Demand to make Mumbai a union territory
Karnataka Deputy CM Savadi said that we condemn the statement of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. We are confident that things will be in our favor in the Supreme Court. Savadi said that the people of our region demand that we too have been part of Mumbai-Karnataka (region), so we too have authority over Mumbai. Savadi further said that till Mumbai becomes a part of Karnataka, I will request the Central Government to make it (Mumbai) a Union Territory, as reported by the Mahajan Commission of 1967 – which was then welcomed by Karnataka It was said in Gaya.
Thackeray demanded disputed portion to be UT
On the occasion of releasing the book written on the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Wednesday that the Marathi speaking majority areas of Karnataka bordering his state were declared a union territory till the final decision of the Supreme Court on the matter. should be done. Uddhav Thackeray criticized the Karnataka government for its alleged atrocities on the Marathi speaking population living in those areas. He said that there is a need to fight to win in terms of inclusion of these areas in Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackeray said that while the hearing of the case is going on in the Supreme Court, Karnataka renamed Belgaum as its second capital and constructed the Legislature building there and held the session of the Legislature. Thackeray said that this is contempt of court. He said that the Marathi speaking areas occupied by Karnataka should be declared a union territory till the final decision of the Supreme Court. CM said that we have learned from past experiences and will fight to win. The Marathi speaking areas occupied by Karnataka will join Maharashtra.
What is the Maharashtra-Karnataka dispute?
Indeed, Maharashtra claims many parts of Karnataka, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani, arguing that the majority of these populations are Marathi-speaking. This case has been pending in the Supreme Court for many years. Maharashtra and Karnataka were not states before independence. At that time there used to be Bombay Presidency and Mysore State. When these two became states, there is still a dispute between the two states over many border areas. Many people in Belgaum are also Marathi speakers. In such a situation, there has been a demand to make it a part of Maharashtra many times. Maharashtra also claims many more parts of Karnataka including Karwar and Nippani, arguing that the majority of them are Marathi-speaking.
In 1956, the Maharashtra government protested to make Belgaum a part of Karnataka. After this, a commission was set up under the chairmanship of retired judge Meher Chand Mahajan to settle the matter. The commission said in its report that 264 villages including Karwad coming in Uttara Kannada district as well as 300 villages in Halial and Supa areas should be given to Maharashtra. This report also did not recommend the inclusion of Belgaum city in Maharashtra. The report said that along with 247 villages including Solapur in Maharashtra, Kasargod district of Kerala was also given to Karnataka. Both Maharashtra and Karnataka refused to accept these recommendations. In 2004, the Maharashtra government went to the Supreme Court regarding the case and it is still pending.