Wait for Supreme Court verdict, Amit Shah tells Maharashtra, Karnataka CMs | India News

NEW DELHI: Seeking to defuse the border tensions between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday asked the two CMs to wait for the Supreme Court verdict on the dispute and set up a six-member joint ministerial panel to address related issues.
Shah also told Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and his Karnataka counterpart, Basavaraj Bommai, that the border issue needed to be settled only through constitutional means. After meeting Shah, the two CMs agreed not to press their territorial claims and wait for the SC verdict. “It was also agreed that no state will claim each other’s land till the decision of the SC and three ministers each from both the states will meet and discuss this issue in detail,” Shah said.
After meeting Shinde and Bommai over the border row, Amit Shah alleged fake tweets in the name of top leaders inflamed the sentiments in both states. “FIRs will be registered and culprits brought to book,” Shah said and hoped that opposition leaders in both states “will not give political colour to this issue in the interest of the general public”.
Earlier, Shinde had raised the issue of certain tweets allegedly made from an account of the Karnataka chief minister.
Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said Shinde also flagged the issue of Bommai “issuing directives” to Karnataka officers in Belagavi to “prevent the visit of ministers from Maharashtra” to the region. Bommai clarified that the directives were given as there were apprehensions about a law and order situation in Belagavi.
Shah said a committee under the chairmanship of an IPS officer will be formed to maintain law and order and ensure peaceful passage of people, transport and goods from one state to the other.
Shah had summoned the two CMs after border tensions flared up last week leading to violence in Belagavi and the adjoining regions of Karnataka which have a sizeable Marathi-speaking population.
Maharashtra has been in disagreement over the inclusion of Marathi-speaking areas, including Belagavi, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, in Karnataka during the reorganisation of states on linguistic lines. It also laid claim to 814 Marathi-speaking villages, which are currently part of Karnataka. Karnataka, too, has staked claims to south Solapur and Akkalkote regions of Maharashtra, that have a sizeable Kannada-speaking population.

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