Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut sparked a new controversy on Wednesday by declaring that "We will enter Karnataka like China has entered the country."
Mumbai: Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut sparked a new controversy on Wednesday by declaring that “We will enter Karnataka like China has entered the country,” amid simmering tension between Karnataka and Maharashtra over the border dispute.
The party’s senior leader declared that he didn’t require anyone’s “permission” about the matter.
“We’re going to enter Karnataka like China did.” No one has to give us permission. We want to discuss a solution, but the Karnataka CM is starting a fire instead. “The Maharashtra government is ineffective and fails to address the issue,” Sanjay Raut said.
The leader’s remarks were made at a time when tensions between Maharashtra and Karnataka over a long-running border dispute were at an all-time high. The Supreme Court has also heard the case.
Eknath Shinde’s government has been lashed out by the opposition parties over the ongoing border dispute. The opposition has raised issues in the winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly.
Ajit Pawar, the leader of the opposition, brought up the border controversy earlier in the assembly and stated, “Belgaum has barred entry to a Lok Sabha member from Maharashtra.”
Chief Minister Shinde responded to the matter brought up by Mr Pawar by saying, “The nation’s Home Minister successfully resolved the border conflict for the first time; he has taken this matter seriously, and we have represented the people of the borderside to him.”
The Maharashtra-Karnataka border conflict dates back to the implementation of the State Reorganization Act of 1956. The two states’ border conflict highlighted the importance of readjusting Maharashtra’s border with Karnataka.