The dispute between the two states over Belgaum and other border areas has been pending before the Supreme Court for many years.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that his government is committed to integrating areas of Karnataka where Marathi-speaking people are in the majority into the state.

It will be the “real tribute” to the martyrs of the cause, the Office of the Chief Minister (CMO) said in a tweet.

Maharashtra claims Belgaum and other areas, being part of the former Bombay presidency but currently in Karnataka, for linguistic reasons.

Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, a regional organization fighting for the merger of Belgaum and some other border areas with Maharashtra, observes January 17 as the “ martyrs day ” for those who sacrificed their lives for the cause in 1956.

“Bringing the Marathi-speaking and cultural areas occupied by Karnataka into Maharashtra will be the true homage to those who accepted martyrdom in the battle for the border. We are united and committed to it. Respect the martyrs with this promise.” , tweeted the CMO.

Maharashtra claims some areas, including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani, which are part of Karnataka, claiming that the majority of the population in these areas is Marathic speaking.

The dispute between the two states over Belgaum and other border areas has been pending before the Supreme Court for many years.

Mr Thackeray last year appointed Maharashtra ministers Eknath Shinde and Chhagan Bhujbal as co-coordinators to oversee the state government’s efforts to expedite the case related to the border dispute.

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