Shiv Sena's (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) firebrand leader Sanjay Raut called the Maharashtra leaders' cancellation of the visit to Belagavi in Karnataka a cowardly act.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena’s (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) firebrand leader Sanjay Raut called the Maharashtra leaders’ cancellation of the visit to Belagavi in Karnataka a cowardly act.
Two ministers, Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, were appointed to discuss the border dispute with the Karnataka government. Raut’s remark came when the ministers decided not to visit Belagavi as it would intensify the mounting tension between the two states.
Raut slammed the government, claiming that the leaders, who are merely spectators, had joined the Eknath Shinde camp for the demise of the Uddhav-led government to see this day. “They ousted the Sena government on this day?” “There is a cowardly government in the state,” said Raut.
Pro-Kannada activists threw stones at the truck, which was coming from Maharashtra. The window, the front glass, and the truck were badly damaged in the attack. Raut lashed out at the Center, saying that it is also involved in the violence that is taking place at Belagavi. “These tactics are to weaken the state,” said Raut. “They lack self-pride.”
Raut also alleged that this is an attempt to shatter the unity in the state. “I am ready to sacrifice my life for my state.” Earlier, people lost their lives for the state. But this incident won’t be accepted at any cost. “This is a conspiracy to break the unity in the state,” he said.
“We respect the country and have full faith in its constitution.” We only talk about rights. Our state suffered losses, and Karnataka needs to pay. Currently, the matter is in the Supreme Court. One should avoid violence. “The border dispute has affected people in both states,” said Sanjay Raut.