Maharashtra politicos against Prez Belgaum visit

Politicians of Maharashtra have vehemently opposed the Karnataka government’s plan to get the Vidhan Bhavan in Belgaum inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee. They argued that Pranab’s visit to disputed border areas would amount to Centre’s tacit support to Karnataka.

Political leaders of the state have urged President Pranab Mukherjee to desist from travelling in the disputed border areas along Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary.
While Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray issued a press statement on the issue on Sunday, Maharashtra PWD and Tourism Minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal wrote a letter to the President in this regard.

In his letter made available to the press, Bhujbal told the President that it would be “inappropriate...to accept an invitation to inaugurate the new Vidhan Bhavan complex in Belgaum.”

Bhujbal said that as the inter-state boundary is unresolved, Karnataka was bidding to strengthen its stranglehold by shifting part of its legislative work to Belgaum. “Your inaugurating the Vidhan Bhavan would amount to the Centre’s tacit endorsement of that state (Karnataka) disregarding Maharashtra’s legitimate claims... I humbly request you not to accept the invitation,” Bhujbal stated in his letter.

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