MAHARASHTRA: The Deputy CM of Maharashtra has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the border dispute between the state and Karnataka.
The dispute has resurfaced time and again, for instance, the dispute around the demand for the renaming of Aurangabad city. Maharashtra claims over a 7,000 sq km area along its border with Karnataka, which comprises 814 villages in the districts of Belagavi (Belgaum), Uttara Kannada, Bidar, and Gulbarga, and the towns of Belagavi, Karwar, and Nippani. These all areas are predominantly Marathi-speaking, and Maharashtra desires them to be merged with the state.
It is noteworthy, that the roots of the dispute lie in the reorganisation of states with linguistic and administrative lines done in 1956. Belgaum at present is a part of Karnataka which was earlier part of British India’s Bombay Presidency. The Bombay Presidency encompassed present-day Gujarat, Maharashtra with certain areas of Karnataka.