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‘Marathi-speaking people facing no problem in Karnataka’

MES accused of trying to create discord between people of Karnataka and Maharashtra

Contribution of Marathi-speaking people to Karnataka’s development hailed

BANGALORE: Even as the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and the Shiv Sena are trying to rake up the boundary dispute, the Karnataka Kshatriya Maratha Parishat on Wednesday declared that “Belgaum is an integral part of Karnataka.”

A resolution to this effect was adopted by the Marathi-speaking people living in Karnataka at a convention “Belgaum is part of Karnataka,” organised by the parishat here.

The parishat took exception to the allegations levelled by the Shiv Sena and MES that Marathi-speaking people were “not safe” in Karnataka.

In the six-point resolution, the parishat said: “The Marathi-speaking people who are residing in Karnataka belong to this State and not to Maharashtra. We are not facing any problem in Karnataka. For us, Karnataka is everything and we do not want anybody from Maharashtra to advocate on our behalf.”

The resolution warned against using issues related to Belgaum or Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka for the political benefit of leaders in Maharashtra.

The parishat accused the MES of trying to create differences between the people of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

It urged Maharashtra to accept the report of the Mahajan Commission.

Parishat president V.A. Ranojirao Sathe said copies of the resolution, which were adopted in the presence of Kannada writers M. Chidananda Murthy and Siddalingaiah, would be submitted to the chief ministers of both the States.

He alleged that the boundary dispute was being raked up by vested interests for their political ends.

Dr. Chidananda Murthy hailed the parishat for adopting such a resolution.

He said people of both the States had several things in common and they had contributed for each other’s development.

He claimed that Maharashtra’s icon Shivaji’s ancestors were from Karnataka’s Gadag district. In fact, Shivaji got married in Bangalore, he claimed.

Taking exception to the raking up of boundary issue by Shiv Sena, he termed them as “linguistic terrorists.”

Dr. Siddalingaiah hailed the contribution of Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka for the development of the State as well as in the literary field.

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