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  The battle for Belgaum between Maharashtra and Karnataka is becoming more intense with Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan now backing the demand that the region be made a union territory until the dispute is resolved. The demand was earlier made by the Shiv Sena.

After Sena activists attacked buses last evening, Maharashtra has, as a precautionary measure, suspended bus services to Belgaum.

The Chief Minister, who held a meeting with Congress MLAs, said he would ask the Prime Minister to consider the demand that Marathi speaking areas of Belgaum be made a union territory

On Monday, there were street demonstrations against a Supreme Court order allowing the Maharashtra government to file a fresh plea on including Belgaum in Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sainiks even stoned buses going to Karnataka after which police presence was increased. The Shiv Sena had announced that it will not allow buses from Karnataka to come to the neighbouring district of Kolhapur.

For years there has been a boundary dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra over Belgaum.

Last week, the Centre, in its affidavit, rejected Maharashtra’s claim saying language can’t be the only criterion for deciding state boundaries.

Maharashtra had called the Centre’s affidavit discriminatory against Marathi speaking people.

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One Response to “Make Belgaum a union territory: Ashok Chavan”

  1. Its right to declare Belgaum and other disputed areas as Union Territories. These villages are facing unjustice since the states were formed by pushing them in a state which language they didnt understand. Yet from last 50 years they are forced upon the unknown language. All the demands are crushed by the Karnatak by use of force.
    Only solution is to RETURN THESE VILLAGES to Maharashtra, or Karnataka should DECLARE MARATHI AS 2ND OFFICIAL LANGUAGE of state, so it can be officially used in Belgaum, as the district is already given vice-capital status.