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    Will incorporate 'Karnataka-occupied areas' into Maha: Uddhav

    Synopsis

    Maharashtra claims Belgaum and some other areas, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but currently in Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.

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    This will be the "true tribute" to martyrs of the cause, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a tweet.
    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said his government is committed towards incorporating into the state the areas of Karnataka where Marathi-speaking people are in majority. This will be the "true tribute" to martyrs of the cause, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a tweet.

    Maharashtra claims Belgaum and some other areas, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but currently in Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.

    Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, a regional organisation fighting for the merger of Belgaum and some other border areas with Maharashtra, observes January 17 as the 'martyrs' day' for those who laid down their lives for the cause in 1956.

    "Bringing Karnataka-occupied Marathi-speaking and cultural areas in Maharashtra will be the true tribute to those who accepted martyrdom in the boundary battle. We are united and committed towards it. Respects to the martyrs with this promise," the CMO tweeted.

    Maharashtra claims certain areas, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani which are part of Karnataka, contending that the majority of population in these areas is Marathi- speaking.

    The dispute between the two states over Belgaum and other border areas is pending before the Supreme Court for many years.

    Thackeray last year appointed Maharashtra ministers Eknath Shinde and Chhagan Bhujbal as co-coordinators to oversee the state government's efforts to expedite the case related to the boundary dispute.
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    13 Comments on this Story

    Pallav Sinha35 days ago
    They wanted to give away POK to their relatives from POK and now talking about KOA Karnataka Occupied Area.
    DIVYA38 days ago
    Central Government (Modi Sarkar) has allocated huge funds for RURAL DEVELOPMENT. SOME STATES HAVE ACHIEVED A LOT WITH THE FUNDS. A MAJOR NO. OF STATES HAVE LOOTED THE MONEY. FM IS CLAIMING A LOT ABOUT RURAL DEVELOPMENT. CENTRE IS UNWARE OF MANIPULATION OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS. PLEASE AUDIT THOROUGHLY THE FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR FARMERS AND RURAL DEVELOPEMNT.
    Deepak H38 days ago
    Mumbai municipal in an absolute mess over past 20 years under shivsena and he wants to govern more area. This cockroach would be driven out of Belgaum if he were to show up. haha
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