Kannada activists staged protests at the Mahatma Gandhi Square here on Friday against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's remarks in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamna' on Jnanpith Award winner Chadrashekar Kambar.
“Mr. Thackeray should know that Belgaum is the pride of Karnataka. He should stop issuing such statements against Karnataka and Kannadigas,” K. Madesh, president of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Mysore city unit, said.
He warned Mr. Thackeray against issuing anti-Kannada statements in a bid to create a rift between Kannadigas and Marathis with the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute in focus.
Karnataka Kavalu Pade State president M. Mohan Kumar Gowda condemned Mr. Thackeray's statements. The Shiv Sena supremo had said that a good number of Kannadigas lived in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. “He must also know that Marathis too live in Karnataka.”
Chamarajanagar Correspondent writes:
Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike on Friday condemned Mr. Thackeray's statements.
They took out a procession from the Chamarajeshwara temple to the Bhuvaneshwari Circle.
Addressing the protesters, KRV district unit president Manjunath Gowda said the Belgaum Mayor and Deputy Mayor had supported the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti when it observed Rajyotsava Day as a “black day” .