Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra, not to anyone’s father: Dy CM Fadnavis

Maharashtra Karnataka Border Dispute 
Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis Mumbai
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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said Mumbai belongs to the state and “not to anyone’s father” while strongly condemning remarks made by some Karnataka leaders amid the raging boundary dispute between the two states.

Speaking in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Fadnavis said the state’s feelings will be conveyed to the Karnataka government and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Raising the issue in the House, Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar (of Nationalist Congress Party) claimed Karnataka CM and ministers have been hurting Maharashtra’s pride by their remarks and the Maharashtra government’s response is not in the same coin.

“Law minister (of Karnataka) Madhu Swamy has demanded that Mumbai should be made a Union Territory. (Bharatiya Janata Party MLA) Laxman Savadi said Mumbai belongs to Karnataka and has rubbed salt on the Marathi people’s wounds,” Pawar said.

The NCP leader demanded that the chief minister condemn this in strong words. Fadnavis said, “Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra and not to anyone’s father. We will not tolerate anyone staking claim over Mumbai and we will put forth our feelings before the Karnataka government and Union home minister.”

He said Union minister Shah will be requested to reprimand such “motormouths”.

In a meeting between the chief ministers of the two states with Shah, it was decided that no fresh claim would be laid by any of the two parties, he said.

“The comments by Karnataka MLAs or the Karnataka Congress president are contrary to what was decided. Will not tolerate any claim staked on Mumbai. We condemn this. We will send a letter (to Karnataka government) condemning these statements,” Fadnavis said.

“(These comments) are not in line what was decided in the meeting with the Union home minister. It will be brought to the notice of the Union home minister,” Fadnavis added.

Amid the raging border dispute, both Houses of the Maharashtra legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to “legally pursue” the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages in Karnataka into the western state.

The state government will legally pursue in the Supreme Court the case to include (in Maharashtra) “every inch” of the land of Belgaum, Karwar Bidar, Nipani, Bhalki cities and the 865 Marathi-speaking villages in Karnataka, said the resolution moved by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in both the Houses.

Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar on Tuesday asserted that not even a single village will be ceded to Maharashtra, as he condemned the resolution passed in the neighboring state’s legislature regarding inclusion of Marathi-speaking villages.

He said the whole state is united on this issue, strongly condemns and opposes the resolution passed by the Maharashtra legislature.