UPA has no time for Marathi-speakers in K’taka: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena criticised the Centre for turning a blind eye to the state`s pending boundary dispute with K`taka.

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2011, 18:49 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Friday criticised the
Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra for
turning a blind eye to the state`s long-pending boundary
dispute with Karnataka.

The party mouthpiece, `Saamna`, said in today`s editorial
that Congress deputed four of its top ministers to meet Baba
Ramdev recently, but had never lent a sympathetic ear to the
Marathi-speakers in Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani (in Karnataka)
who had been demanding inclusion into Maharashtra for the last
50 years.

"On June 1, 1986, people in Belgaum, Karwar and other
areas protested against the forcible imposition of Kannada
language on them. Eight Marathi-speaking people were killed in
the indiscriminate firing by the Karnataka police. Two days
ago, there was a demonstration to commemorate 25th anniversary
of that protest, and to pay homage to the eight martyrs. How
long we should continue paying homage to our own people?" the
editorial said.

Not a single Maharashtrian minister in the union cabinet
would dare to take a stand on this issue, it said. While
almost the entire cabinet went to meet Ramdev and persuade
him not to go ahead with his fast, the Centre had no time for
20 lakh Marathi-speakers in Karnataka, the editorial added.

PTI