While the BJP Leaders in Karnataka alleged that the Vice-President has done in deliberately for raking up the boundary dispute with Maharashtra by mentioning that Belgaum is in the Maharashtra State in his letter dated January 11, 2010, Karnataka writers lashed out at the VP for his alleged careless.
Ms Shaheen Rafique Ahmad Basrarikatti of Belgaum had written a complaint to Mr Ansari against Khanapur Town Panachayat Committee. Following this, the Vice-President in his letter directed the Deputy Commissioner, Belgaum District, Belgaum, Maharashtra, to take appropriate action on the issue. The issue has received criticism from all sections of the people in Karnataka. It was a mistake done by the VP’s secretary.
The Vice-President has wrongly mentioned that Belguam is in Maharashtra and this has received flak from the Minister and Kannada writers.
Mr Bommai, who is also the Minister in charge of Belgaum district, said that the Marathi speaking people are residing in Belgaum more happily in Karnataka than those residing in Maharashtra. The Centre should refrain from committing errors on issues such as language and boundary and settle the boundary disputes permanently, he said.