With LS polls, Congress, BJP dither on stand– ExpressBuzz ****
Parochial flare-ups on either side of the Karnataka- Maharashtra border has put the two national parties BJP and the Congress on a sticky wicket, while regional outfits on either side of the border are leaving no stone unturned to cash in on it in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Maharashtra.
With elections round the corner, the Sena is likely to keep the issue alive to revive its prospects of coming to power after a gap of ten years in Maharashtra, while the MES which has been rejected by its own people in the 2007 elections in Belgaum finds it an opportunity to keep it busy for the time being.
Crowd ransacks Bank of Maharashtra in Dharwad- Indopia
As protests over Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti and Shiv Sena’s attempts to rake up the boundary dispute continued for the third consecutive day today in parts of Karnataka, a crowd ransacked a branch of Bank of Maharashtra in Dharwad, police said here. They damaged the bank’s computers and furniture before escaping from the spot.
Karnataka reacts sharply to boundary row – The Hindu
The BJP government in Karnataka on Tuesday lashed out at Maharashtra leaders’ demand to declare Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka as Union Territory till Supreme Court decides on the issue, saying it would “back- fire” on that state.
War over Pariwar– TOI
The legislative assembly turned into a wrestling arena for a while on Tuesday, when some BJP members tried to attack Congress member Abaychandra Jain over his derogatory remarks on one of the Sangh Parivar organizations.
Karnataka buses stop entering Maharashtra – The Hindu
Karnataka State Transport has stopped plying its buses in bordering areas of Maharashtra after Akhil Bhartiya Chhawa Sangathan burnt a bus from the State in Latur on Sunday.
Central intelligence has alerted Karnataka that Bangalore is the next target of terrorists after the November 26 Mumbai attack, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said.
At a time when its ally Shiv Sena has gone on the offensive over the vexed Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary row, Maharashtra BJP on Tuesday said it favours merger of the Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka with the State.