Will support fight to include Marathi-speaking Karnataka areas in Maha: DyCM Ajit Pawar
While expressing their thoughts, people should take care that their words do not provoke sentiments of any community, he added.Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, who was also present in the programme, said political meetings, rallies and gatherings will go on and the police department will work to maintain peace and harmony during the Maharashtra foundation day celebrations.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday said they would continue to support the fight of Marathi-speaking people residing in border areas of neighboring Karnataka including those places in Maharashtra.
He was addressing a gathering in Pune city on the occasion of Maharashtra's foundation day. The western state was formed on this day in 1960. ''While we are celebrating 62 years of the formation of Maharashtra, we regret that the Marathi-speaking villages in Bidar, Bhalki, Belgaum, Karwar, Nippani, and other places in Karnataka could not be merged with Maharashtra. The citizens of Maharashtra and its government are in their fight to be part of Maharashtra. I assure you that we would keep supporting their fight till these villages become part of Maharashtra,'' Pawar said.
The case of the Maharashtra-Karnataka bounding dispute is pending before the Supreme Court.
Talking to reporters after the program, Pawar expressed concern over a large number of swords recently seized from parts of Maharashtra and said the state police department was keeping an eye on it and trying to find people behind such activities.
On Wednesday, police seized 89 swords and a dagger from an SUV in Maharashtra's Dhule district and arrested four people in this connection.
Pawar said this indicates there may be some people who want to be involved in anti-social activities. ''We have asked police to conduct a probe into the seizure of such weapons. We appeal to everyone to maintain religious harmony. While expressing their thoughts, people should take care that their words do not provoke sentiments of any community,'' he added.
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, who was also present in the program, said political meetings, rallies, and gatherings will go on and the police department will work to maintain peace and harmony during the Maharashtra foundation day celebrations. ''They (police) are prepared for any kind of situation. I appeal to everyone to maintain social harmony,'' Walse Patil said when asked about various political events slated in Maharashtra on the state's foundation day.
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