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Border Dispute: Amit Shah Cancels Meet With MVA MPs, Centre’s Inaction Doubted

Unease pervades in the opposition camp in Maharashtra because joint efforts by Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) MPs to raise the border dispute with Karnataka with the Centre did not succeed. A meeting between the MPs and Union home minister Amit Shah was scheduled on December 8 but did not happen. Is it the Centre’s silent refusal to intercede in the feud, many opposition activists have started asking. Shah did not turn up at his parliament office for the meeting. Hence, a memorandum was left for him to highlight Maharashtra’s point of view by the delegation led by Supriya Sule. The MPs belonging to Shiv Sena (Uddhav), Congress and NCP had sought the meeting to protest against Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s various statements about the dispute, which has come back on the anvil after a long time. The MPs have complained in their written submission that the situation has deteriorated due to Bommai’s provocations, leading to attacks by Kannada Vedike workers on state transport buses from Maharashtra. An effort by Sule to raise the issue in Lok Sabha on December 7 was unsuccessful since speaker Om Birla said it was a dispute between two states and the Centre could do little about it. No fresh appointment has been decided with Shah so far, the MPs have clarified.