Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Thursday demanded that the central government find out the “mastermind” behind “fake” Twitter accounts that allegedly fueled tension between Maharashtra and Karnataka over the border dispute. .
He was responding to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s claim that the tweets attributed to the Karnataka Chief Minister claiming some areas of Maharashtra were not actually posted by Basavaraj Bommai.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who met the Chief Ministers of both the states on Wednesday, said that fake tweets in the name of top leaders have also increased the issue.
Pawar, Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, told reporters here that the border dispute is before the Supreme Court and the tension would not have happened if Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai had not made inappropriate remarks.
“Because of this, residents of border villages in Maharashtra started talking of joining Karnataka due to lack of development,” he said.
“The mastermind of the fake Twitter account, whose tweets hurt sentiments and sparked protests, should be traced,” Pawar said.
The NCP leader also demanded that senior advocate Harish Salve be appointed to represent Maharashtra in the matter before the Supreme Court.
Union Home Minister Shah had on Wednesday asked the chief ministers of the two states to set up a six-member joint ministerial panel to deal with the dispute and not to stake any claim till the Supreme Court’s decision.
The dispute centers on Maharashtra’s claims on Belagavi and surrounding territory in northern Karnataka, which have a sizeable Marathi-speaking population.
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