Karnataka hits back, vows special aid for Kannada schools in Maharashtra | India News

NEW DELHI: With the Supreme Court set to hear petitions on Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute from Wednesday, the one-upmanship between the two states has escalated, with Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday announcing his government’s decision to offer special grants to Kannada-medium schools in Maharashtra and pension to Kannadigas in the neighbouring state who fought for “unification” of the state.
The move comes close on the heels of Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde promising pension to “freedom fighters” from Belagavi and other parts in Karnataka, which are claimed by Maharashtra. Shinde also spoke of extending benefits of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (cashless medical care) for such “freedom fighters”.
Maharashtra, since its inception in 1960, has been entangled in a dispute with Karnataka over the status of Belgaum (renamed…

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