‘Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra, Karnataka claims baseless’ | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Maha Vikas Aghadi government partners criticised Karnataka deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi for stating that Mumbai should be made a part of his state.
Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar said Savadi’s remarks should not be given importance and must be ignored. Pawar said his statement was baseless and Mumbai had no connection with Karnataka. “The deputy CM of Karnataka has made this comment to please people of Karnataka, and it is best to ignore such baseless comments,” Pawar said. He said Mumbai belonged to Maharashtra and will continue to do so.
Shiv Sena spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said, “Some mad people keep blabbering like this.” He said Savadi should first understand the history and issue between the two states.” Kannadigas have not been forced [to change language] in Maharashtra. We run Kannada schools in Maharashtra, and we give them subsidies. But the situation is not the same in Karnataka,” said Raut. He said the fight was to conserve Marathi and our culture there. “Even Kannadigas staying in Mumbai would agree that Belgaum should be in Maharashtra,” said Raut.
Congress leader Sachin Sawant said Savadi’s demand was part of BJP-led central government’s plot to weaken Mumbai and Maharashtra, and was part of a sinister design. “They have made attempts to shift the international financial centre and business to Gujarat. UP CM Yogi Adityanath tried to take Bollywood to his state. Centre is using central agencies like ED and CBI to harass businessmen and Bollywood. It is part of a design to weaken Mumbai,” he said.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had on Wednesday said areas dominated by Marathi-speaking people on the state’s border with Karnataka should be declared as a Union Territory till SC gives its final verdict. Savadi replied that until Mumbai was made part of Karnataka the Centre should declare it a Union Territory.

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