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Eknath Shinde on the border with Karnataka

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Mumbai:

Amid the row over the Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday informed that he had a conversation with his Karnataka counterpart, adding that Maharashtra people should not meet no problem.

“I had a conversation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai. I told them that the people of Maharashtra should have no problems. All this is to the knowledge of the central government, Interior Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Shinde told reporters.

“This case is before the Supreme Court, so it is not appropriate to comment on it. We show restraint. also taken action on this. We are paying special attention to facilities in border areas,” the Maharashtra CM added.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Saturday that a meeting would be held with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. , next week on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.

“A meeting with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah will take place on December 14 or 15 at the Karnataka-Maharashtra border,” Bommai said. .

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, he said Karnataka MPs would meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.

“Our MPs are going to meet with the Union Home Minister and explain Karnataka’s position. Most likely, Amit Shah will call a meeting soon so that there will be peace between the people of the two states. As soon as he will call, I will attend the meeting,” Bommai said.

He added that a multi-party meeting will be held to discuss this issue. He said he spoke informally with former CM HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah, the Leader of the Opposition in the State Legislative Assembly, about the matter.

The date of the meeting will be fixed in consultation with them.

Earlier, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he would hold talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the matter.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Fadnavis said he had spoken to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai about the incidents on Tuesday.

He further urged the people of Maharashtra and Karnataka to keep the peace and not take over law and order.

After the escalation of the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute, many untoward incidents took place in Belagavi, after which, as a precautionary measure, the police presence was reinforced along the border, in the Chikkodi of Belagavi.

Belagavi is currently part of Karnataka but is claimed by Maharashtra. According to media reports, the long-running border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra began in 1953, after the Maharashtra government objected to the inclusion of 865 villages, including Belagavi, in Karnataka.

The villages are spread over Belagavi and the northwestern and northeastern regions of Karnataka, all bordering Maharashtra.

After the implementation of the State Reorganization Act of 1956, the government of Maharashtra demanded the readjustment of its border with Karnataka. Following this, a four-member committee was formed by the two states.

The Maharashtra government had expressed its willingness to transfer 260 predominantly Kannada villages, but this was refused by Karnataka.

Now the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra have approached the Supreme Court to expedite the case, and the case is still pending.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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