Maha-K’taka boundary row strains Saffron alliance

The flare-up in the vexed Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute appears to have put leaders of the Saffron alliance in a piquant situation with the Shiv Sena today asking the state BJP leaders to make their stand clear.

Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 23:05 PM IST

Pune: The flare-up in the vexed
Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute appears to have put
leaders of the Saffron alliance in a piquant situation with
the Shiv Sena today asking the state BJP leaders to make their
stand clear on the issue.

Addressing a press conference here, Shiv Sena Executive
president Uddhav Thackeray demanded BJP central leadership
rein in the Karnataka Chief Minster B S Yedyurappa whom he
accused of using repressive measures to silence the protest
of Marathi speaking population in the state under the BJP
rule.

Thackeray faced a volley of questions regarding conflict
of interests between the two states vis a vis the Shiv
Sena-BJP alliance even as he maintained that breaking the
over two decade long bond between the Saffron partners was not
the solution to the boundary dispute.

"I appeal to the BJP Central leadership to rein in the
Karnataka Chief Minister. The Maharashtra unit of BJP too
should now make their stand clear on the inter-state boundary
dispute", he said adding that the issue of injustice to
Marathi people in Karnataka went beyond the ambit of the
alliance.

Thackeray`s demand for giving the status of Union
territory to the disputed area of Belgaum in Karnataka almost
coincided with the announcement by Maharashtra Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan in the state legislature today when he told the
house that he would press for it with the Centre.

PTI