Devendra Fadnavis ups ante, says will get Karnataka Marathi-speaking areas into Maharashtra | Mumbai News – Times of India

NASHIK/NAGPUR: A day after Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said that his government was actively considering the resolution of the Jath taluka villages to merge with Karnataka as the Maharashtra government had “failed” to address the water and irrigation problems there, his Maharashtra counterpart Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that no village of Maharashtra will be allowed to merge with any other state.
“Our government will take all measures to ensure that no problems are caused to the villages in the Jath taluka of Sangli,” Shinde told reporters in Shirdi. “The resolution by those villages was adopted way back in 2012 when they faced water problems. However, since then, schemes have been planned in the Jath taluka villages, and some of them have already been implemented. Others will be implemented in due course of time. Moreover, we have announced several welfare schemes for Marathi-speaking people residing in the Maharashtra-Karnataka border areas,” added Shinde.

“Maharashtra wants to resolve the problem amicably with Karnataka. The governors of both these states recently had a meeting on the issue. Even the Centre is playing a constructive role to resolve the dispute with consensus,” Shinde said.
Shinde’s deputy Devendra Fadnavis also asserted that not even a single village from Maharashtra would be merged with any other state, instead they would take the legal route to include in the state Marathi-speaking areas now in Karnataka. “It is a legal battle between two states and Maharashtra government will fight it out in the Supreme Court to include Marathi-speaking areas like Belgaum (now Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani in our state,” Fadnavis said.
A state government delegation would soon meet PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah on the border dispute, Maharashtra minister Shambhuraj Desai was quoted by ANI as saying. Since its inception in 1960, Maharashtra has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum district and 85 other Marathi-speaking villages.
There is no question of any village of Maharashtra getting merged with any other state, said CM Eknath Shinde day after his Karnataka counterpart spoke about the plan to get some areas of the neighbouring state with his.

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