Maharashtra minister objects to Karnataka CM’s remark on border row

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NAGPUT: Strongly objecting to the statement made by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute, Maharashtra cabinet minister Shambhu Raje Desai said in the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday that such provocative statements can further worsen the situation.

During talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, both parties were told that they will have to adopt a harmonious role, asserted Shambhu Raj Desai. “But Maharashtra will not remain silent on the statement made by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. We can also answer in the same language, but we want to solve this issue within our limits. If Karnataka insists, we can answer in the same language”, he said firmly.

Shambhu Raje Desai is one of the ministers appointed by the Maharashtra government to coordinate on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue. He added, “During summer, on the request of the Chief Minister of Karnataka, we provide water from the Koyna and Krishna rivers of Maharashtra to its drought-prone areas. But, with this attitude of Karnataka, we will have to rethink about water supply in future. Karnataka should not forget that we help them on many issues”.

Reacting to Shambhuraj Desai’s warning, former Congress Minister Yashomati Thakur told ANI, “This government is bogus and so are their statements and warning. There is something cooking in BJP as the same party rules both states. Yet, the issues are not resolved”.

Meanwhile, opposition parties in the House wanted to discuss border issue. As the matter is sub-judice, the Speaker didn’t allow a discussion on it. (ANI)

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