Maharashtra CM’s Belagavi claim against national unity: BS Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks reiterating claim over Belagavi triggered angry reactions across the political spectrum here, with CM BS Yediyurappa rejecting them as “childish” and “detrimental to the unity of the country”. Former CM HD Kumaraswamy called the statements “anti-national”.
“I am pained at Uddhav’s remarks that threaten to vitiate the prevailing harmonious atmosphere in border districts… As a true Indian, he should show his commitment and respect to the principles of federalism in letter and spirit,” Yediyurappa said, adding there is no question of ceding even “an inch of land” to Maharashtra. TNN
Belagavi integral part of K’taka: Siddaramaiah
Honouring martyrs of border hostilities, Thackeray said bringing back Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra was the only fitting tribute to be paid to them.
Congress veteran Siddaramaiah sought to remind Thackeray that he is not just a Shiv Sena activist but also a CM and should refrain from making inflammatory statements.
“Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka. Don’t try to instigate us by bringing up the issue which is already resolved,” he said.
Former CM HD Kumaraswamy said Thackeray’s “earlier statement that ‘Karnataka-occupied territories will be annexed to Maharashtra’ also sounded like Chinese expansionism. Such expansionism will jeopardise the harmony among states formed on linguistic grounds.”

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