Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will now personally request President Pranab Mukherjee to skip the inaugural function of a legislature building in Belgaum in Karnataka.
Belgaum is part of the disputed state boundary area between Maharashtra and Karnataka. For the past 56 years, the two states have been fighting a legal and political battle to wrest control of the land, which is primarily dominated by the Marathi-speaking population.
In one such attempt, the Karnataka government has constructed a state legislature building — also called the Suvarna Vidhan Saudha — to allegedly influence the local population.
The president is expected to declare the building open on October 11.
On Monday, Shiv Sena delegation met Chavan to discuss the issue. “The act of the President inaugurating the building will be like him formally approving Karnataka’s claim on the disputed town. This might even influence the court case,” said Sena leader Subhash Desai.
Sena leaders have also requested Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde to intervene because they fear violence in view of the proposed inauguration.
Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader and state minister Chhagan Bhujbal has also written a letter to Mukherjee asking to honour the wishes of the people in Maharashtra.