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Belgaum Prepares for Black Day as Karnataka Bans Entry of Maharashtra Ministers and MP

Karnataka Bans Entry of Maharashtra Ministers and MP on Belgaum Black Day

Belgaum, Karnataka | October 31, 2023: The border district of Belgaum is gearing up to observe Black Day on November 1, as tensions rise over the presence of Maharashtra ministers and an MP. Collector Dr. Nitesh Patil, in a surprising move on October 30, issued an entry ban order against three Maharashtra ministers and one MP in Belgaum district, igniting fresh disputes over the border region’s identity.

The ban order, issued by Collector Patil, affects Minister Shambhuraj Desai, Minister Chandrakant Patil, and Minister Deepak Kesarkar, who were all slated to attend the Black Day events in Belgaum. Additionally, MP Darhysheel Mane has also been restricted from entering the district. This decision comes in response to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s announcement that Maharashtra would send ministers as representatives to the Black Day commemoration during his visit to Kolhapur.

The Black Day observance, led by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti Belgaum and Marathi-speaking residents in the border areas, is a day to highlight the demand for the region’s integration with Maharashtra. A rally and a meeting at the Maratha Temple were planned for November 1. However, the potential presence of ministers from Maharashtra has raised concerns about possible disputes between Marathi and Kannada speakers.

The district collector’s entry ban order aims to maintain order and prevent any escalation of tensions on Black Day. It’s an illustration of the ongoing complex border disputes between the neighboring states, and it underlines the need for peaceful dialogue to resolve the longstanding issues.

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