New Delhi: In an apparent reference to the
Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute, Union Minister and NCP leader Sharad Pawar Saturday said that some "deficiencies" have remained in Maharashtra`s unification.
Pawar`s reference at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of
the formation of Maharashtra at a function here was obliquely
to the demand for inclusion of Marathi-speaking areas of
Belgaum and surrounding areas of Karnataka in Maharashtra.
"Deficiencies have remained" in Maharashtra`s unification
as there have been people who were strongly pleading for their
inclusion in the state, he said.
President Pratibha Patil was the Chief Guest at the
function in which several Union Ministers from the state,
including Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Gurudas
Kamat were present. Governors Shivraj Patil (Punjab),
Murlidhar Bhandare (Orissa) and D Y Patil (Tripura) also
A highlight of the function was felicitation of a number
of eminent Maharashtrians including Sachin Tendulkar, Nana
Patekar, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and former Air Chief
Marshal A Y Tipnis, noted scientist Raghunath Mashelkar,
eminent writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik, industrialist Atul
Kirloskar and renowned music director Yashwant Dev.
In her address, the President underlined the contribution
of Maharashtra to the nation during the freedom struggle, in
social reforms and in the development of the country in the
last 60 years.