1. After the State Reorganisation Act was passed by the Parliament in 1956, On November 1, 1956, Mysore state – later renamed Karnataka – was formed.
2. This reorganization did not go well with Maharashtra which was of the view that the northwestern district of Karnataka, Belagavi, should be part of the state.
3. This was also the time that the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) was formed and became a prominent player in politics.
4. After decade-long protests erupted on either side, finally the Union government set up a commission under retired Supreme Court judge Justice Meharchand Mahajan on October 25, 1966.
5. The commission, which submitted its report in August 1967 recommended merging 264 towns and villages of Karnataka including Nippani, Nandgad and Khanapur with Maharashtra, and 247 villages of Maharashtra including South Solapur and Akkalkot with Karnataka.
6. The report was tabled in 1970 in the Parliament, but was not taken up for discussion.
7. In 2004 Maharashtra approached the Supreme Court challenging the State Reorganisation Act and demanded 865 villages and towns from five Karnataka districts to be merged with the state. The five districts are Belagavi, Karwar, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Bidar.
8. Karnataka argues that Article 3 of the Indian Constitution does not give the Supreme Court jurisdiction to decide the borders of states, and only Parliament has the power to do so.
9. Maharashtra says Article 131 of the Constitution says that the Supreme Court has jurisdiction in matters related to disputes between the Union government and states.
10. The petition in SC was to come for hearing on Nov 30, 2022 and was listed before the Bench headed by Justice K M Joseph, but has been pushed to another date.
11. Every winter since 2012, Karnataka Assembly session is held in Belagavi in a newly inaugurated building called Suvarna Vidhana Soudha. Hence, this is the period when the issue always gains steam.
Congress spokesperson quits ahead of Bharat Jodo Yatra’s last leg in Kashmir
Congress party’s spokesperson Deepika Pushkar Nath has quit just a few days before Bharat Jodo Yatra’s entry in Jammu and Kashmir.
Nath tweeted on January 17 about her decision to resign the Congress. She made it clear that she’s resigning because of former Jammu and Kashmir minister Choudhary Lal Singh joining the Rahul Gandhi-led Yatra. Accusing Lal Singh of backing the accused in 2018 Kathua rape case, Nath said, she cannot share the party platform with him on ideological grounds.
Have a look at the tweet:
In view of Ch.Lal Singh’s proposal of joining @bharatjodo & @INCJammuKashmir allowing the same, I am left with no other option but to resign from @INCIndia
Lal Singh was responsible in sabotaging the Kathua rape case in 2018 by brazenly defending rapists.
— Deepika Pushkar Nath (@DeepikaSRajawat) January 17, 2023
Nath, a human rights lawyer based in Jammu, had initially represented Kathua rape victim’s family.
Two-time MP and three-time MLA Lal Singh parted ways with the Congress in 2014, then went on to join BJP. In 2018, he was forced to resign as Forest Minister of J&K. He allegedly expressed support to the accused in the Kathua rape case. He left the BJP in 2019.
Bharat Jodo Yatra will be entering J&K on Friday, January 20.
I will have to be beheaded before entering RSS office: Rahul Gandhi
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said on January 17 that it is problematic if his estranged cousin BJP MPM Varun Gandhi joins Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The Gandhi scion is in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur for Yatra. He said at a press conference, “Varun is in the BJP and if he walks here, it might be a problem for him.”
“My ideologies don’t match with his. My family adopted an ideology, and Varun adopted another. I can not go to the RSS office. I will have to be beheaded before that,” Rahul added.
Watch Rahul Gandhi’s statements at the press conference here:
#WATCH | Varun Gandhi is in BJP if he walks here then it might be a problem for him. My ideology doesn’t match his ideology.I cannot go to RSS office,I’ll have to be beheaded before that. My family has an ideology. Varun adopted another & I can’t accept that ideology:Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/hEgjpoqlhK
— ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2023
Speculation about Varun Gandhi joining Bharat Jodo Yatra, and eventually the Congress made rounds. This happened amid Varun taking stands on people-centric issues on twitter and through print media. Many of his opinions are not in line with the BJP’s official position.
This caused embarrassment to the Central Government, and gave opposition an opportunity to sharpen its attack against BJP. Varun and his mother Maneka Gandhi both are MPs from BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Neither are they a part of any important BJP panel, nor they use the party’s name in their Twitter bios.
Rahul Gandhi’s statements might be a hint to Varun to officially quit BJP and be publicly critical about the BJP-RSS ideology. The wink-wink move may not do.
Nupur Sharma gets gun license by Delhi police amid threats over Prophet remark
Suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made headlines due to controversial Prophet remark she made during a TV debate last year. Sharma got a gun license by Delhi Police after she requested it, amid threats over the disputable remark.
Those who came out in her support were also threatened. Two killings have been linked to the controversy. A pharmacist, Umesh Kolhe who supported her, was murdered in Amravati in June. Days later, Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur who had backed Sharma on social media was hacked to death.
Sharma complained of receiving threats to her life. Her lawyer told the Supreme Court that she has “an ever-increasing threat to her safety” and that it is “a real and genuine threat.”
The Supreme Court gave out a scathing remark on Sharma in its July order: “The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country.”