Protests against Kannadiga Mayor for Belgaum



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.

-PTI