Maharashtra day: Pawar refers to unification issue
In an apparent reference to the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute, Union Minister and NCP leader Sharad Pawar today said that some "deficiencies" have remained in Maharashtra's unification.
Pawar's reference at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of Maharashtra at a function here was obliquely
to the demand for inclusion of Marathi-speaking areas of Belgaum and surrounding areas of Karnataka in Maharashtra.
"Deficiencies have remained" in Maharashtra's unification as there have been people who were strongly pleading for their inclusion in the state, he said.
President Pratibha Patil was the Chief Guest at the function in which several Union Ministers from the state,
including Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Gurudas Kamat were present. Governors Shivraj Patil (Punjab),
Murlidhar Bhandare (Orissa) and D Y Patil (Tripura) also attended.
A highlight of the function was felicitation of a number of eminent Maharashtrians including Sachin Tendulkar, Nana
Patekar, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and former Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis, noted scientist Raghunath Mashelkar,
eminent writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik, industrialist Atul Kirloskar and renowned music director Yashwant Dev.
In her address, the President underlined the contribution of Maharashtra to the nation during the freedom struggle, in
social reforms and in the development of the country in the last 60 years.