New Delhi: Amid the ongoing boundary dispute, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that Mumbai belongs to the state and “not to anyone’s father” while strongly condemning remarks made by Karnataka Law Minister JC Madhuswamy after he demanded that Mumbai should be made a union territory.

Speaking in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Fadnavis said, “Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra and not to anyone’s father. We will not tolerate anyone staking claim over Mumbai and we will put forth our feelings before the Karnataka government and Union home minister,” PTI reported.

He further said that Union minister Amit Shah will be requested to reprimand such “motormouths”.

Fadnavis added the state’s feelings will be conveyed to the Karnataka government and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar claimed that Karnataka CM and ministers have been hurting Maharashtra’s pride with their remarks and the Maharashtra government’s response is not in the same coin.

“Law minister (of Karnataka) Madhu Swamy has demanded that Mumbai should be made a Union Territory. (Bharatiya Janata Party MLA) Laxman Savadi said Mumbai belongs to Karnataka and has rubbed salt on the Marathi people’s wounds,” Pawar said.

The NCP leader demanded that the chief minister condemn this in strong words.

In a meeting between the chief ministers of the two states with Shah, it was decided that no fresh claim would be laid by any of the two parties, he said.

“(These comments) are not in line what was decided in the meeting with the Union home minister. It will be brought to the notice of the Union home minister,” Fadnavis added.

Both the Houses of the Maharashtra legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to “legally pursue” the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages in Karnataka into the western state.

The Maharashtra government will legally pursue the Supreme Court to include “every inch” of the land of Belgaum, Karwar Bidar, Nipani, Bhalki cities and the 865 Marathi-speaking villages in Karnataka, said the resolution moved by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in both the Houses.

(With inputs from PTI)



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