The Maha Vikas Aghadi legislators on Monday staged a walkout in the state assembly after the Shinde Fadnavis government did not yet table a resolution on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue as discussed in the Business Advisory Committee meeting. They also protested against the non-withdrawal of suspension of the NCP legislator Mr Jayant Patil. The opposition took an aggressive posture over the government’s dilly-dallying over the tabling of the resolution on the border issue.
Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar demanded that a resolution on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue is quite important for the state and it should have been tabled by the state government today. His demand was against the backdrop of the resolution passed by the Karnataka Assembly holding Maharashtra responsible for ‘’creating’’ the border dispute. The resolution also claimed that Karnataka will not give an inch to Maharashtra.
However, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Devendra Fadnavis said that since Chief Minister Mr Eknath Shinde has gone to Delhi, no decision on both the issues raised by the opposition cannot be taken up in the house.
Mr Fadnavis said that a resolution to Maharashtra Karnataka border dispute will be introduced in the assembly on Tuesday. "In any situation, we won't be leaving our people residing in border areas alone. We'll fight for every inch of land whether in the Supreme Court or otherwise. We'll fight against injustice meted out to those living in border areas and we will bring a resolution. Maharashtra won't relent," he said.
However, expressing displeasure over Mr Fadnavis’ announcement, MVA walked out of the assembly boycotting the proceedings for a short period.
Meanwhile, NCP legislator Mr Jitendra Awhad made serious allegations against the Shinde Fadnavis government saying that the BJP is losing the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka and therefore it was working to contribute to the Kannadiga identity. "The government did not say a single word for seven-eight days regarding the border issue. Bommai decided in a day that not even an inch of land will be given to Maharashtra. Our government is saying that the resolution will be tabled tomorrow,’’ he added.
‘’We could not do anything for the people in the border areas, so we should apologize to them. We continued to flow like a herd while doing injustice to Karnataka. We should have fought here," he opined.
Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray MLA Mr Aditya Thackeray said that till the Supreme Court gives its ruling the disputed area be declared as a union territory. ‘’During the last whole week, we as the opposition wanted to raise the issues of farmers along with Vidarbha, Marathwada, Mumbai, West Maharashtra, and North Maharashtra, but we are not allowed to speak. We are not getting a chance to speak in the assembly and are being misled on many other issues,’’ he claimed.
‘’Apart from this, there is the Maharashtra Karnataka border issue and also the Governor’s controversial remarks about icons. But no one from the government wants to touch all these issues, because the government is afraid,’’ he alleged.
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