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‘Revoke order of healthcare benefits to border villages’: Bommai to Maharashtra govt

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai ( File: PTI )

Basavaraj Bommai said that Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis had promised not to create any confusion regarding the border dispute when a meeting was held under the leadership of union home minister Amit Shah.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai opposed the Maharashtra government’s announcement of a health scheme to residents of border villages in Karnataka. Bommai took to Twitter and criticised the order.

“The Maharastra government is trying to create confusion regarding the Maharastra and Karnataka border despite the border dispute case in Supreme Court. The order extending health scheme to people living in Karnataka border affects the relation between both the states,” Bommai tweeted.

“Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised not to create any confusion regarding the border dispute in a meeting held under the leadership of Home Minister Amit Shah. The Maharastra goverment should revoke the order of healthcare benefits given to 865 villages under the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana and should respect the promise they made,” Bommai tweeted further.

Bommai also threatened to announce health scheme benefits to Kannada-speaking people on the Maharashtra border if the Shinde government continues to trigger the border dispute.

The Maharashtra government issued an order on April 3 extending the benefits of its healthcare scheme to 865 villages in Karnataka.

The order was issued in the backdrop of the decades-old border row between Maharastra and Karnataka. Though the state borders were decided based on linguistic lines in 1956, the row erupts every now and then. Maharashtra laid claim to Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency as it has a sizable Marathi-speaking population. It also laid claim to more than 800 Marathi-speaking villages which are currently part of Karnataka.

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