The Maharashtra Assembly has passed a resolution to legally pursue the inclusion of 865 villages in the state.
Earlier this month, both Basavaraj Bommai, the chief minister of Karnataka, and Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Shah said that the states cannot stake claim on border areas until the Supreme Court verdict is out.
The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday stating that the state will pursue the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages currently in Karnataka into the state. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde tabled the resolution over the Maharashtra-Karnataka border row, which condemned the Karnataka government’s stand and termed it as ‘anti-Marathi’. The resolution reads, “The Central government should urge the Karnataka Government to implement the decision taken in the meeting with the Union Home Minister and the government should be given the understanding to guarantee the safety of the Marathi people in the border areas.”
In the resolution, the Maharashtra government said it will take five cities – Karwar, Nipani,Belgaum, Bidar, & Balki and 865 villages under the state.