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Protests against Kannadiga Mayor for Belgaum

Last Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 23:59

Mumbai: Shiv Sena workers, including some
legislators, today staged demonstrations against Karnataka
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa here, protesting the `forcible
installation` of a Kannadiga mayor in Marathi-dominated
Belgaum city.

The Sena members staged a protest at Gateway of India,
adjacent to Taj hotel where the Karnataka CM was put up.

The protesters shouted slogans against the Karnataka
CM, demanding that Belgaum, along with Marathi speaking areas
in that state, be merged with Maharashtra.

The election of Ningappa Nirwani as mayor of the
Belgaum Municipal Corporation has led to Maharashtra
Legislative Assembly being adjourned over the election issue.
Yesterday, over 50 Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV)
activists were taken into custody when they allegedly tried to
attack some members of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) and
corporators of Belgaum City Corporation.

The MES members and corporators had come to submit a
memorandum to Law Minister Suresh Kumar protesting against the
election of new Mayor of Belgaum.

They alleged that nominations of other corporators
were rejected to pave way for the election of a "Kannadiga" as
a mayor for the first time in Belgaum.

Sena has supported Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti leaders
who met Maharashtra politicians to seek intervention.


First Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 23:59
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