Hitting back at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for raking up the border issue, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi on Wednesday said Mumbai should be made part of the state. He urged the Centre to declare it a Union Territory until then. A decades-old border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka spun off into a firestorm of political bickering on Wednesday with claims and counterclaims between the two states.
“Earlier, parts of Belagavi were a part of the Mumbai region. My demand and the demand of the people in this region is that Mumbai is attached to Karnataka…I demand that the Central government ensure that Mumbai should be declared a Union territory.