“Bommai assured me that immediate action will be taken and no one will be spared. I will also speak with Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” he said. listen, the matter will have to be brought to the Center,” Fadnavis said.
Bommai said his state does not intend to create a new controversy. “I said there will be reactions from both sides and, therefore, we must not disturb the cordial relationship between the two states,” she said. “The Supreme Court is hearing the matter and we are confident we will win this legal battle. Our government is committed to protecting our border and people and taking care of the Kannadigas living in Maharashtra, Telangana and Kerala,” he added.
Sena activists were also arrested as they tried to cross into Karnataka. As a precautionary measure, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has prevented ST bus services from reaching Karnataka. Karnataka police have stepped up surveillance along the border, with more than 1,000 police officers deployed.
Fadnavis, who controls the internal department, warned against violence. “People should maintain self-control. Every action doesn’t need a reaction. Maharashtra is a law abiding state. If someone is breaking the law, we will take action,” he told her.
Sharad Pawar said there was “a limit to Maharashtra’s patience”. He said the situation is “serious and worrying” and that the Center must intervene. “Maharashtra MPs should raise the issue with the Union Home Minister,” he said. Pawar has clearly accused Bommai of instigating the border crisis.
The long-running border dispute flared up two weeks ago, just before the case hit SC.
Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut said, “If Maharashtra stands up, it will be difficult for the government.” He added: “Where is the CM? How can he watch Maharashtra being insulted? This is a weak government. Even today, the only retaliation has come from the Shiv Sena.
Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray hit CM Eknath Shinde’s Sena (Balasahebanchi) by saying that they had fled to another state for themselves but would not go to Belgaum for the sake of Maharashtra. “Ministers of the unconstitutional Maharashtra government were scared by the tyranny of Karnataka CM Bommai, they hesitated and postponed their tour (to Karnataka). This is a matter of shame and sadness for a united Maharashtra,” Aaditya tweeted.
The BJP, on the other hand, blamed Congress and Janata Dal for the violence. “Congress and Janata Dal are behind this incident. Congress hopes to take advantage of this in the future,” said the BJP’s Keshav Upadhyay.