The visit to Belgaum by two coordinating ministers, Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, scheduled for December 6 was cancelled after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai adopted a combative stance and signalled a tough action to maintain law and order situation, and the BJP
and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena cut a sorry figure on Monday.
The minister's visit has been postponed, according to both the BJP and Shinde camps. They had originally planned to go on December 3, but after Bommai asserted ownership over 40 villages in the Jat tehsil of the Sangli district as well as Solapur and Akkalkot, they changed their plans to December 6. They were supposed to speak with members of the Madhyavarti Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti and discuss the long-running border conflict with Karnataka.
The opposition, however, criticised the decision to postpone the coordinating ministers' trip, arguing that they ought to have gone and that the state administration ought to have confronted the Karnataka government directly over the border issue. Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister, stated that the Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, will make the ultimate decision about the visitation of the contested areas by the ministers designated to coordinate the state's boundary dispute with Karnataka. "Our opinion is that by setting up such a visit to the disputed areas, we can avoid any legal complications," he said.
"No one should be denied access to a location because we are a sovereign nation. Although the Supreme Court is still hearing arguments in the case involving the disputed region, we wish to keep the matter from becoming more complicated. If the ministers choose to visit them in dispute areas, nobody can stop them, "said the Deputy Chief Minister. However, Desai stated that he and Patil would decide on their trip to Belgaum after speaking with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and DCM Fadnavis. Sanjay Raut, a Shiv Sena
UBT member, criticised Shinde Fadnavis' administration, asserting that "Kabaddi is a game in Maharashtra and it has a border."
The Maharashtra-Karnataka border should be at least partially touched by these two ministers. Play any kind of Kabaddi you desire in Maharashtra. However, at least visit that boundary. These individuals lack courage. They are powerless, in need, and unable to accomplish anything. Simply talking and calling us names. They have security coverage and are ministers. They ought to have travelled to Belgaum," Mr. Raut stated.