The six-decade-old border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra over the control of over 800 border villages has escalated once again with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday asking the Maharashtra Cabinet to withdraw its decision to implement a health insurance scheme in the 865 villages. Bommai cautioned his government too could announce schemes in the villages of the neighbouring state.
Speaking to reporters, Bommai said that the Eknath Shinde government’s decision to provide health schemes is an unpardonable offence. “We too can announce such schemes. Many taluks and gram panchayats have passed resolutions to be part of Karnataka as there was no justice for them in Maharashtra. In such a situation, the Maharashtra government should behave responsibly. I condemn their Cabinet decision,” he added.
Bommai also said that he will bring the issue to Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Bommai’s comments came in response to Congress
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah
The KPCC chief also asked if the Bommai administration lacks funds for the welfare of its people living in border villages.