Belagavi. Tension has increased between Karnataka and Maharashtra regarding the border dispute with Maharashtra. Large gatherings have been banned in Belagavi. Ink was thrown at an idol of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Bengaluru on Wednesday night. Earlier on Thursday, in Kolhapur, miscreants burnt Kannada flags. In view of the increasing tension, Section-144 has been imposed in the city. Let us tell you that there has been a demand to merge Belagavi with Maharashtra. A large number of Marathi speaking people live in this area.
Pro-Maharashtra activists staged a protest at Belagavi’s Sambhaji Circle on Friday night, demanding the arrest of those involved in painting Shivaji’s statue with ink. The protest turned violent and over a dozen government vehicles were damaged in stone pelting. The statue of freedom fighter Sangoli Rayanna was also damaged in Belagavi, which has increased the tension in the area.
Speaking to NDTV, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra said, “I have directed the police to take strict action against those who vandalized the statue of Sangoli Rayanna in Belagavi here on Friday night.” Strict action will be taken against those who put ink on Shivaji’s statue in Bengaluru. I appeal to people not to insult stalwarts like Shivaji Maharaj and Sangoli Rayanna for the sake of politics.
The winter session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is being held in Belagavi. Protests have been going on here since December 13. The Karnataka Police suspects the role of Maharashtra Integration Committee (MES) party leaders in creating disturbances during the ongoing session in Belagavi. Earlier, the Kannada flag was burnt by Shiv Sena workers in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Karnataka Assembly has passed a resolution condemning the burning of the Kannada flag in Kolhapur.
While on one hand , PM Modi honored Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Kashi, and on the other hand our Maharaj is insulted in Karnataka…These angering scenes are from BJP ruled Karnataka’s Bengaluru.
We strongly condemn this !!
High time the Hindus Arise and awake !! pic.twitter.com/HE5QdFcsxA
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) December 18, 2021
On the other hand, senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut has condemned the desecration of Shivaji’s statue. He tweeted and wrote, ‘While on one hand PM Modi respected Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Kashi, on the other hand our Maharaj was insulted in Karnataka. These scenes are from Bangalore, BJP-ruled Karnataka. We strongly condemn this.
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