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Maharashtra government suspends bus service to Karnataka amid border dispute

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar urged Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday to "stop attacking lorries with Maharashtra registration numbers in Karnataka within 24 hours" or else "we won't be able to remain patience."

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Belgavi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar urged Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday to “stop attacking lorries with Maharashtra registration numbers in Karnataka within 24 hours” or else “we won’t be able to remain patience.”

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Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed his severe displeasure about today’s attack in Belgavi’s border district on a truck with a Maharashtra number plate. The chief minister of Karnataka, Bommai, promised to take harsh action against the guilty parties and to protect vehicles coming from Maharashtra.

NCP patriarch Pawar said in Mumbai that there is a limit to patience. We won’t be able to observe patience if attacks on Maharashtra-registered vehicles don’t stop in 24 hours. The veteran leader was addressing a press conference over the ongoing issues between the two states in the city of Belagavi, which comes under the jurisdiction of Karnataka.

Maharashtra also claims the city because it has a sizable Marathi-speaking population.

The pro-Kannada group Karnataka Raksha Vedike staged a violent protest against the proposed visit of two Maharashtra ministers to Belagavi on Tuesday. The chief minister of Karnataka warned that the ministers’ arrival may disrupt the law and order situation in the area; therefore, the ministers decided to postpone their visit.

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Meanwhile, Pawar also accused Bommai of inciting ‘anti-Maharashtra protests.’

“The CM of Karnataka is encouraging anti-Maharashtra demonstrations.” The Center should not be a mere spectator. The nation’s unity is at risk as a result of this. People who speak Marathi are calling me. They are experiencing terror.

 

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