BJP high command plays referee in BJP state vs BJP state border dispute

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BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 05, 2022 | 2:32 PM Updated Apr 04, 2023 | 9:12 PM

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

With the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute raising hackles in both the states, Karnataka’s BJP unit has complained to the party high command against its counterpart in Maharashtra for stoking the row.

Following this, the party high command has issued strict directions to Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who holds the home affairs portfolio, not to escalate the dispute by making provocative statements, party sources told South First.

On 28 November, Fadnavis had said: “Not a single village or town from Maharashtra will go to Karnataka. However, the Maharashtra government will fight strongly in the Supreme Court to claim rights on Belagavi, Karwar and other border areas of Karnataka.”

The statement had irked Karnataka Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

“We have orally expressed displeasure at Maharashtra’s BJP unit before the high command. They have promised to tackle the issue. The provocative statements from our counterparts have led to tensions in border areas,” Minister for Water Resources Govind Karjol told South First.