Emergency-like situation in Belgaum: Uddhav

Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 17:19

Thane: In the backdrop of Karnataka
government dissolving the Belgaum Corporation recently, Shiv
Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said an
"emergency-like" situation prevails in that city and vowed to
fight for protecting interest of Marathi-speaking people in
the neighbouring state.

"Irony is that the civic body elected by the citizens
of Belgaum has been superseded and this is nothing but an
emergency, worst then the one which was imposed by late prime
minister Indira Gandhi," Uddhav told reporters after
inaugurating a theatre complex, named after veteran Marathi
actor late Dr Kashinath Ghanekar here.

Reiterating his party`s resolve to stand by the
Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka, Uddhav said Sena would
soon announce its action plan that includes statewide
agitations and Maharashtra bandh, besides a march to Delhi on
the issue.

Replying to a query on Shiv Sena`s view on its
alliance partner BJP which is currently at the helm of affairs
in Karnataka, Uddhav said,"one should understand that the
cause was for the Marathi-speaking people and nothing else".

Karnataka government recently superseded Belgaum
Corporation for not performing its functions in accordance
with the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, and for
certain actions that "offended the sentiments" of the people.

The city mayor and deputy mayor had observed Karnataka
foundation day on November 1 as "black day". The civic body
had also passed a resolution stating that it will not hold
civic reception to honour the Jnanpith awardee Chandrasekhara
Kambara, which had triggered protest in other parts of the
state.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 17:19

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