Maharashtra-Karnataka border row: Shiv Sena leader Raut calls for all-party visit to Belagavi

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Land, Mumbai, March 13:- Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday (March 13) alleged that Marathi people residing in Karnataka’s Belagavi were being victimised, and said an all-party delegation from Maharashtra should visit the city in the neighbouring state to resolve the ongoing stand-off.

Talking to reporters, Raut said that in the last eight days there have been instances of attack on Shiv Sena leaders and the party’s office in Belagavi by pro-Kannada outfits.

“Belagavi is part of India and the Maharashtra-Karnataka dispute is a language dispute. It shouldn’t be stretched too far and this is the responsibility of the Karnataka government too,” he said.

“If the situation goes out of hand, the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra government shouldn’t be blamed since the response would not be official, but political,” the Sena’s Rajya Sabha member said.

Raut blamed the Centre for the situation in Belagavi, saying that it can see violence in West Bengal and places where BJP is contesting elections, but “turning a blind eye” to the developments in Belagavi.

“The Maharashtra government will have to take a firm stand…An all-party delegation should visit Belagavi soon to show unity with the Marathi people suffering the high-handedness there,” he said.

The Sena leader alleged that Kannada outfit Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, which is attacking the Shiv Sena activists, is sponsored by the BJP.

“No one from the BJP is speaking about it. The Shiv Sena can also respond in equal measure, but we don’t want to create a rift between the two states. The Centre should intervene,” he said.

Raut said the fresh stand-off was an attempt to divert the attention from the sex CD scandal allegedly involving a former Karnataka minister.

He lamented that despite the boundary dispute being a sub-judice matter, Karnataka constructed a Vidhan Bhavan in Belagavi and made it the second capital of the state. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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