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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was ‘a Kannadiga’, claims Karnataka Deputy CM Govind Karjol

Thackeray had been raising the issue of merger of Belagavi, Karwar and Nippani which has a strong presence of Marathi speaking people, with his state.

By: PTI | Belagavi |
Updated: February 1, 2021 8:36:32 am
Karnataka Deputy CM Govind Karjol with CM B S Yediyurappa. (Photo: Twitter @GovindKarjol)

Two Deputy Chief Ministers of Karnataka on Sunday lashed out at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for raking up the border issue, with one claiming that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was ‘a Kannadiga’.

“Thackeray does not know history. Shivaji’s forefather Belliyappa was from Soratur in Gadag district in Karnataka. When there was drought in Gadag, Belliyappa left for Maharashtra. Shivaji was the fourth generation of the family. Thackeray should remember that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, whom the Shiv Sena perceives as its icon and named its party after him, was a Kannadiga,” Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol told reporters here.

He said this in response to Thackeray raising the border issue repeatedly.

Thackeray had been raising the issue of merger of Belagavi, Karwar and Nippani which has a strong presence of Marathi speaking people, with his state.

He had recently demanded that the Marathi speaking regions in Karnataka be declared a Union Territory till the Supreme Court gives its final verdict.

Karjol opined that Thackeray had been raising this issue just to divert attention from the infighting in the coalition government headed by him and fear of losing power.

Echoing similar views, Deputy CM Laxman Savadi alleged that the Maharashtra government had failed miserably on various counts.

He also alleged that Thackeray could not carry out any pro-people measures during the COVID-19 pandemic due to which he was losing his popularity.

Savadi had on January 27 dwelt on Thackeray’s statement and said Mumbai should be part of Karnataka and that the Centre should declare it a Union territory till then.

Ramesh Jarkiholi,Minister in-charge of Belagavi district, which borders Maharashtra, had spoken along the lines of the Deputy CMs today

Minister for Women and Child Development Shashikala Jolle, who hails from Belagavi district, had said Belgavi is the land from where Kittur Rani Chennamma had led an armed rebellion against the British for freedom.

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