Members of Shiv Sena on Wednesday forced an adjournment in Lok Sabha as they raised the matter of alleged police action against Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka’s Belgaum district.
As soon as the House proceedings commenced, several Shiv Sena MPs, displaying photographs of the alleged police action and newspaper clippings, rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans against Karnataka government. They demanded suspension of the question hour to discuss the matter.
Despite Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assuring them that she would allow them to raise the matter during zero hour, the protesting Shiv Sena MPs did not relent and kept shouting slogans. This finally led to the adjournment of the House till noon.
When the House resumed, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant raised the issue during zero hour and expressed concern over the attack on Marathi-speaking people, saying 50 of them including women and children were injured in the police action. Alleging that Karnataka has often resorted to discrimination of Marathi-speaking people in the state, Sawant said Maharashtra has already approached the Supreme Court on the border issue.
Sawant, supported by his party colleagues, apprehended reaction in Maharashtra if such attacks were not stopped.
BJP member from Karnataka Prahlad Joshi rejected the Sena contention and insisted that the boundary row has been settled after the Mahajan Commission report way back in 1960. He said the problem arose recently as some people in Yellore village put up a board saying that the area belongs to Maharashtra. Joshi said Belgaum and surrounding boundary areas have been part of Karnataka and would remain so.