The Maharashtra government will lodge a complaint with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the Karnataka government for filing a police case against home minister RR Patil, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Monday.
Chavan told the state legislature that he would also appeal to his counterpart from Karnataka to drop the charges against Patil.
The FIR was filed against Patil on April 10 by the Karnataka police for his ‘provocative remarks’ promoting enmity between groups and breaking the model code of conduct in the poll-bound state through his speech at a function in Belgaum.
Patil was speaking at the birthday celebration of Kiran Thakur, leader of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) and editor of Marathi daily ‘Tarun Bharat’.
Labour minister Hassan Mushrif had condemned Karnataka for booking Patil, who had appealed to Marathi-speaking people in Belgaum to elect legislators in large numbers to force the Karnataka government to accept their demand for inclusion in Maharashtra.
“I will lead an all-party delegation to the prime minister over this issue,” Chavan said, adding that the Karnataka government was deliberate in doing injustice to Marathi-speaking minority in the disputed border region.
The FIR was registered under sections 153(A) of IPC for provoking and creating disharmony between communities on the basis of religion, race, place of birth and language under the Representation of People Act.
Terming the act condemnable, members of the house demanded government bring the censure motion against the Karnataka government.
Leader of Opposition in the legislative council Vinod Tawde demanded that the state government should convey the extreme sentiments of the people of Maharashtra to the central government.
Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena) said the government should move a censure motion against the Karnataka government as it has been suppressing the Marathi-speaking people of Belgaum.
He alleged that citing the code of conduct, cases had been registered against Marathi-speaking citizens by the Karnataka government for celebrating Gudi Padwa by erecting gudis at their homes. Raote said that erecting saffron Gudis could not lead to violation of the code of conduct.