Shiv Sena demands dissolution of Karnataka govt
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Last Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011, 21:59
Mumbai: Reacting strongly to the dissolution of Belgaum municipal corporation in Karnataka, Shiv Sena on Friday demanded that the state government of the neighbouring state, controlled by its ally BJP, should be dissolved.

Belgaum, which has a sizable Marathi-speaking population, has been a bone of contention between the two states.

"For the last so many years, the Marathi-speaking people of the border area are saying that they want to be a part of Maharashtra, but nobody is listening," Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray told reporters here.

He also said that Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra was not pleading the state's case before the Supreme Court as aggressively as the Karnataka government was.

Therefore, till the issue was resolved by the court, the disputed area should be made a union territory, Uddhav said, adding that the Karnataka government should be dissolved.

He said the BJP government in Karnataka had no fear of the party's central leadership.

Uddhav also said that Sena would raise the issue in Parliament as well as in Assembly.

Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not doing anything to resolve the boundary dispute.

In a statement, he alleged that the Belgaum Corporation was dissolved because Karnataka government could not come to terms with the fact that Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (which seeks Belgaum's inclusion in Maharashtra) ruled in the civic body.


First Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 21:57

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