Sharad Pawar’s BIG warning on Maharashtra-Karnataka border row: ‘DON’T TEST OUR PATIENCE’

Mumbai: Amid rising border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday warned that the BJP government at the Center and Karnataka will be responsible for any untoward situation if the situation does not improve in the next 24 hours. Pawar also warned the Karnataka government not to test the patience of the people of Maharashtra and resolve the issue amicably.

The veteran Maratha leader and NCP founder also said that “time has come to take a tough stand” after seeing what is happening on the Maharashtra and Karnataka borders. All parties should be kept in confidence before taking any decision…Parliament session is about to begin, I request all MPs to come together and take a stand on this.”

Accusing the Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government of deliberately worsening the situation, Pawar claimed that over the past few weeks, conscious efforts are being made by the Karnataka chief minister to take the situation in a different direction. “After seeing what is happening in the border areas, it is time to take a stand,” Pawar said.

It may be recalled that Maharashtra ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, appointed to coordinate the state’s border dispute with Karnataka, on Tuesday first met Maharashtra Integration Committee workers in Belagavi in ​​the southern state and interacted with them for decades. were supposed. -old border dispute

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said he would ask his Maharashtra counterpart Eknath Shinde not to send his cabinet colleagues to Belagavi as their visit could lead to law and order situation in the border district.

Insisting on resolving the border dispute with Maharashtra, the chief minister said he had already given instructions to the authorities concerned about the steps to be taken in case the ministers were to visit and the government would not hesitate to take any legal action.

Last week, Chandrakant Patil said that the Intermediate Maharashtra Ekkaran Samiti, an organization fighting for the merger of Belagavi and some other border areas with Maharashtra, had sought a discussion with volunteers on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue.

Maharashtra, since its formation in 1960, has been embroiled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belagavi district and 80 other Marathi-speaking villages, which are under the control of the southern state.

(with agency inputs)