Belagavi dispute between Kannadigas and Marathas over freedom fighter statue resolved


Hubballi: The dispute between Kannadigas and Marathas over the installation of a statue in the village of Peeranawadi of Belagavi taluk was settled amicably with the intervention of the minister in charge of the district Ramesh Jarkiholi and the additional director general of the Amarkumar Pande font.

The Marathas agreed not to remove the statue of Rayanna installed by Kannadigas at the Peeranwadi circle on Friday morning. At the same time, Kannadigas also agreed not to harm the statue of Emperor Maratha Chatrapati Shivaji located at the site.

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa, who visited the disputed location on Saturday, said he would persuade Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai to withdraw complaints against Kannada and Marathi activists on that question.

Garlanded with the statue of Rayanna, Eshwarappa said he was happy with the quick resolution of the dispute. He also said that Rayanna and Shivaji are great patriots who grew up beyond the caste barrier.

“Many people had fought for the installation of the statue of freedom fighter Rayanna. Their dream was realized today after much struggle. The resolution of the dispute between Kannadigas and Marathas gave a model to all the nation, ”said Eshwarappa who also decorated the statue of Shivaji. on this occasion. The two groups also agreed to name the disputed circle as the Shivaji circle, as it has been called to this day.


Thelma J. Longworth

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