Panchamsali padyatra at Hirebagewadi in Belgavi amidst the prevailing border tension

Panchamsali Padyatra, in the Belgavi district of Karnataka, is moving ahead amidst the simmering border tension between Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Amidst the prevailing tension between Karnataka and Maharashtra over the border issue, the panchamsalis, a sub-section of Lingayat have decided to take out a padayatra under the leadership of Jagadguru Basava Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swamiji of the Kudalasangama Peetha. The heavy police force has been deployed at the Hirebagewadi area of Karnataka to avoid any untoward incident.

The tension between the two states shot up Wednesday after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s controversial statement “we will enter Karnatak like China has entered the country”. The Shive Sena (Uddhav faction) statement came after Belgavi Police denied MES (Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti) permission to conduct its Maha Melava at the Vaccine Depot ground in Tilakwadi.

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The Shiv Sena leader also said that there is a weak government in Maharashtra, which is not taking any stand. He further alleged that the Karnataka Chief Minister is igniting the fire.

Karnataka Chief Minister retorted to the Shiv Sena leader’s statement, saying that, the Maharashtra leader has lost his mental balance. Chief Minister Bommai held that Karnataka police are strong enough to drive back anyone attacking the state. The Chief Minister also accused the opposition of politicizing the border issue.

Earlier this month the buses running between the states were damaged. Home minister Amit Shah has said that a six-member ministerial team, comprising three ministers each from Karnataka and Maharashtra, will sit together to resolve the border dispute. The Home Minister also urged not to stake a claim on the territory until the Supreme Court decides on the matter. The matter is pending before the court.