The Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute will be coordinated by Maharashtra ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai.
On December 3, both ministers are scheduled to travel to Belagavi, Karnataka. Although Maharashtra claims Belgaum or Belagavi, it is currently a part of Karnataka.
According to media reports, the long-standing border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra began in 1953 when the Maharashtra government protested the inclusion of 865 villages, including Belagavi.
The villages are dispersed throughout Belagavi as well as in Karnataka’s northwestern and north eastern regions, which all border Maharashtra.
After the State Reorganization Act of 1956 came into effect, the Maharashtra administration demanded that its boundary with Karnataka be readjusted.
The two states then established a four-person committee. Karnataka rejected the Maharashtra government’s offer to relocate 260 villages with a predominately Kannada-speaking population. The Supreme Court has now been moved by the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to expedite the case, but it is still pending.
The Karnataka government is considering holding an all-party meeting shortly to discuss the matter.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recently requested that the Karnataka government convene an all-party meeting to discuss the Belagavi border dispute with Maharashtra and to grant admission to one of its representatives.
Karnataka state president of AAP Prithvi Reddy demanded an all-party meeting in Karnataka to resolve the issue in a letter to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai. He also asked him to permit an AAP representative to attend the meeting.
“The time has come for all parties to come together and fight against the attempts made to harm the interests of our state. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is committed to protecting the interests of the state, and the state government should invite us to the all-party meeting,” Prithvi Reddy said in the letter.
“Although the Aam Aadmi Party is yet to be recognised as a national party as per the law of the Election Commission of India. However, in the current scenario, the Aam Aadmi Party can be considered a national party and called for the meeting,” the letter said.
“Therefore, I assure you that our party’s contribution to the all-party meeting will be strong, innovative, and worthwhile. The Chief Minister should make full efforts in the interest of the state,” Prithvi Reddy said in the letter.