Violence can’t happen without ‘Delhi’s SUPPORT’: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Maharashtra-Karnataka border row

Mumbai: Amid the ongoing border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka that spilled onto the streets, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday demanded that Belagavi be declared a Union Territory and claimed that the incidents of violence in Belagavi are “similar to those of Delhi”. Can’t happen without “support”. Raut also targeted Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and said the state government appeared weak and helpless in countering such attacks. Raut also alleged that attempts were being made to destabilize Maharashtra as no chief minister of Karnataka has claimed Solapur and Sangli (villages).

Hitting back, Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Chandrashekhar Bawankule asked the Rajya Sabha member to refrain from making “baseless and inflammatory remarks”.

The decades-old dispute between the two states spilled onto the streets on Tuesday with stones being pelted at vehicles entering Karnataka from the Maharashtra side near a toll booth at Hirebagwadi in Belagavi district.

Similarly, at least four buses from Karnataka were allegedly defaced in Pune district by activists of Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Raut hit out at the central government, claiming that Marathi people and vehicles from Maharashtra could not have been attacked in Belagavi without “Delhi’s support”.

“Activists of the Maharashtra Integration Committee have been arrested. The game to break the self-respect of Marathi by breaking its backbone has begun. The attacks in Belagavi are part of the same conspiracy. Rise Marathas, rise!” Raut said. Later, speaking to reporters, Raut said that Belagavi and adjoining Marathi-speaking areas along the Karnataka-Maharashtra border should be declared a union territory.

“If Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has guts, he should demand that the disputed areas be declared Union Territories immediately,” he said. Raut said that people are ready to go to Belagavi under the leadership of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar.

“We don’t know what is happening. There is a BJP government at the Centre, there is a BJP government in Karnataka and Maharashtra as well. To give confidence to the workers of Belagavi Maharashtra Integration Committee (MES).

Raut said, “(Chief Minister Eknath) Shinde says that he has created a revolution. What kind of revolution it is, it can be seen from how the state is looking weak to counter these attacks.” Is.”

He said that those who left Shiv Sena saying that they have self-respect have now decided to remain silent. Raut claimed that efforts were being made to weaken Maharashtra economically by taking Maharashtra’s projects to Gujarat and claiming its territories.

“Where are the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra? Are their mouths shut? Their (Eknath Shinde group’s) symbol – ‘Sword and Shield’ should be changed to a lock. Efforts are being made to destabilize the state. No. The Chief Minister of Karnataka used to stake claim in Solapur and Sangli (villages) earlier.”

Taking a dig at Maharashtra ministers Shambhuraj Desai and Chandrakant Patil for “holding back” from going to Belagavi on Tuesday, Raut said, “We will give them security and march with them.”

The scheduled visit of a ministerial delegation from Maharashtra to Belagavi could not take place amid rising tension along the border. Maharashtra BJP chief Bawankule criticized Raut over his remarks and asked him to refrain from making baseless and provocative remarks.

“How can any government be responsible for violence perpetrated by anti-social elements?” He asked. Bawankule said that the news of vandalism of buses from Karnataka has also come from Maharashtra. “Do we say that the government is responsible?” the BJP leader asked.

Amid growing tension between the two states, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and his Maharashtra counterpart Shinde spoke to each other over phone on Tuesday night and agreed that there should be peace and law and order on both sides.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also spoke to Bommai over stone pelting on vehicles entering the southern state from Maharashtra and said he would take up the matter with the Center as well. The border issue dates back to the reorganization of states on linguistic basis in 1957. Maharashtra laid claim to Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, because it has a sizeable Marathi-speaking population.

Bommai had recently demanded the merger of “Kannada-speaking” areas in Maharashtra’s Akkalkot and Solapur and also said that some villages in the Jat taluka of Sangli district wanted to join the southern state.