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“Will not let go of even an inch of state land”: Eknath Shinde on Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Thursday that his government will not allow even an inch of Maharashtra’s land to be taken away by anyone amid the ongoing dispute over the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Eknath Shinde said, “We are working to provide justice to the Marathi people in the border areas. Not even an inch of space will be allowed to go from Maharashtra.” He said, “It is the responsibility of our government to solve the problems of 40 villages.”

Earlier, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray criticized Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s remarks on the border dispute between the two states. Thackeray also took a dig at Shinde, saying, “Have we lost our courage as the Karnataka chief minister is easily claiming villages in Maharashtra.”

Earlier Karnataka CM Bommai had earlier said that the boundary line has become a political tool in Maharashtra, and any party in power will raise the issue for political purposes. Bommai had said that my government is capable of protecting the borders of Karnataka and has also taken steps. Bommai claimed that some villages in Sangli district of Maharashtra, which are facing water crisis, have passed a resolution demanding merger with Karnataka. After this, a dispute started between the leaders of both the states.

However, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra refuted Bommai’s claims and said that no village has demanded merger with Karnataka in the recent past.