Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday requested President Pratibha Patil to direct the Union
government to declare Belgaum and Marathi-speaking area in
Karnataka as Centrally-administered region.
The party executive president also told her that the
Karnataka government had dissolved the Belgaum Municipal
Corporation out of "hatred against Marathi people".
"I request you to intervene in the matter and direct
the Union government to declare Belgaum and Marathi-speaking
area in Karnataka as Centrally-administered region," Uddhav,
who met Patil at Raj Bhawan here, said in a letter to her.
"Injustice has been heaped on Marathi populace in
Belgaum and other areas. Karnataka government is using canes
and bullets to deal with those seeking redressal of their
grievance," he said.
Later, speaking to reporters, Uddhav said that an
"emergency-like situation" prevails in Belgaum.
"The Marathi people there have agitated for a long
time. The matter (border row) is in court. The government
there is headed by BJP. Be it of any party, the government
there has always been anti-Marathi," he said.
Uddhav said he had requested the President to help
protect the interests of Marathi-speaking people in the
In 2007, breaking ranks with NDA, Shiv Sena supported
Patil, the UPA-Left candidate, in the Presidential election,
embarrassing ally BJP.
Emphasising 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
Karnataka government recently superseded Belgaum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