Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday stated no village in Maharashtra has sought a merger with Karnataka not too long ago, and there’s no query of any border village “going wherever”.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai claimed on Tuesday that some village panchayats in Jat taluka of Maharashtra’s Sangli district had handed a decision previously searching for to merge with Karnataka after they had been going through a extreme water disaster.
The Karnataka authorities had devised schemes to assist them by offering water, and his authorities was significantly contemplating the proposal of Jat villages, he stated.
“These villages had launched a decision on the problem of water shortage in 2012. Presently, not one of the villages have launched any decision,” Fadnavis informed reporters in Nagpur.
When he grew to become Maharashtra chief minister, his authorities entered into an settlement with Karnataka to type out the water difficulty, he stated.
A water provide scheme was chalked out for the Jat villages when Girish Mahajan was water sources minister in his cupboard, the BJP chief added.
“We at the moment are going to provide approval to that scheme. Maybe due to Covid, the earlier (Uddhav Thackeray-led) authorities couldn’t approve it,” Fadnavis added.
“Presently, not one of the villages have raised such demand (of merger with Karnataka). The demand is of 2012,” he stated.
“Not a single village of Maharashtra will go wherever,” Fadnavis careworn.
Sudhir Mungantiwar, BJP chief and Maharashtra minister, blamed Jawaharlal Nehru for the long-pending dispute.
“The dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is definitely the reward of late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru,” he stated with out elaborating.
The case is now earlier than the Supreme Court docket and any decision handed by village panchayats wouldn’t have an effect on the court docket’s verdict, he informed reporters.
“If resolutions are to be taken so significantly, then what in regards to the villages in Karnataka which have handed resolutions searching for to affix Maharashtra,” he requested.
Earlier within the day, one other Maharashtra minister Shambhuraj Desai stated the Karnataka chief minister’s claims shouldn’t be taken significantly.
The decades-old border dispute over Belagavi (earlier Belgaum) between Maharashtra and Karnataka is in information once more attributable to latest statements from each side.
On Monday, Bommai had stated he had fashioned a formidable authorized crew of senior attorneys to take care of the border dispute when it comes up within the Supreme Court docket.
On Tuesday, the Maharashtra authorities appointed Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai as nodal ministers to coordinate with the state’s authorized crew concerning the pending court docket case.
Speaking to reporters right here, Desai stated, “As Maharashtra has reconstituted its crew to take ahead the Karnataka border dispute within the Supreme Court docket, Bommai has provide you with some ridiculous outdated demand. It shouldn’t be taken significantly. The villages in Jat tehsil had reportedly handed a decision greater than a decade again to pressurise the then state authorities to deal with their demand of water provide from the Krishna river.” There isn’t any such official documentation or decision out there with the Maharashtra authorities, he added.
“As per my info, the Maharashtra authorities has already cleared a proposal to produce water for irrigation to the arid components of Jat tehsil. The price of the undertaking is round Rs 1,200 crore. Technical scrutiny of the undertaking is underway,” Desai stated.
The border dispute dates again to the Sixties after the reorganisation of States on linguistic traces.
Maharashtra laid declare to Belagavi which was a part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency because it has a large Marathi-speaking inhabitants. It additionally laid declare to 80 Marathi-speaking villages that are presently a part of Karnataka.
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