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Language and division rows mar Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations in Belagavi and Kalaburagi

Language and division rows mar Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations in Belagavi and Kalaburagi

The 66th Karnataka Rajyotsava was celebrated across the state on November 1. Though the government had planned grand celebrations, the sudden demise of actor Puneeth Rajkumar just two days ago made it a sombre event in many places. The district in-charge ministers hoisted the national flag in their respective districts and the celebrations were by and large peaceful except for a couple of districts.


The border district Belagavi has always been on the edge during Rajyotsava celebrations as members of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) observe the day as black day.

The MES members today held a meeting at Maratha Mandir and observed black day. MES leader Shubham Shalke posted an objectionable map of Maharashtra state which included Belagavi as part of the state on Facebook.

Speaking to the media, Shalke said, “We are not demanding Bengaluru to make it part of Maharashtra. Belagavi was in the Bombay region and Marathi people want it to be included in Maharashtra.”

Reacting to the issue, the district in-charge minister Govind Karjol condemned the MES activities.

“We should not fight like India and Pakistan. Some miscreants are just trying to keep the topic alive and hence they are doing such things. Our government will teach them a proper lesson at the right time.”


Even before the celebrations began in the district, members of Kalyana Karnataka Separate State Awareness Committee tried to hoist their own flag at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Circle in Kalaburagi. Alert police detained 10 people and took them to Station Bazar police station.

The members raised slogans against the government and claimed that the Kalyana Karnataka region has been ignored by the successive governments.

The district in-charge minister Murugesh Nirani hoisted the national flag and attended the cultural events organised by the district administration.

Apart from these two incidents, the Rajyotsava celebrations were held peacefully across the state.

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