Political parties in Maharashtra have raised a cry over his announcement as they have been demanding that the Marathi speaking regions of Karnataka should be merged with Maharashtra.
Belgaum and Karwar are among the regions in Karnataka where people speak Marathi.
“The Maharashtra government"s plea to have Belgaum and Karwar as part of the State is pending before the Supreme Court," Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.
Besides Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP have also responded strongly against BSY's statement.
“The statement is uncalled for and we will seek legal recourse on the issue," said NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
Diwakar Raote said that Shiv Sena would fight for the Marathis in Karnataka and protest against any attempts by the Karnataka government to impose its mandate on the regions.