Maharashtra: Protest messages painted on Karnataka bus amid border dispute

Members of the Maratha Mahasangh on Thursday painted messages on a bus of the Karnataka State Road Transport to protest against Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai`s statements on the border dispute.

Words “Jai Maharashtra” and “Jahir nishedh” (condemnation) were painted in orange and black on a Nipani-Aurangabad bus at Daund in Pune district, said one of its members.

They also shouted slogans against the Karnataka chief minister.

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Bommai had claimed on Tuesday that some village panchayats in Jat taluka of Maharashtra`s Sangli district had passed a resolution in the past seeking to merge with Karnataka when they were facing a severe water crisis.

The statement drew sharp criticism with Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis saying that it was a demand made in 2012 and had no relevance now. “Not a single village of Maharashtra will go anywhere,” he said. 

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