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=> The Belagavi/Belgaum region at the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
=> It comprises both Kannada and Marathi speakers.
=> In the States Reorganisation Act of 1956, which divided states on linguistic and administrative lines, made Belgaum a part of the then Mysore State (which was renamed Karnataka in 1973).
=> The area has been under dispute since then.
=> The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, formed in 1948, has been fighting for a merger of 800-odd villages of Belagavi in Karnataka with Maharashtra.
=> In 2014, the Karnataka government renamed Belgaum as Belagavi.
Historical significance of Belgaum:
=> The INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS(INC) held its thirty-ninth session at Belgaum(now Belagavi) on the 26th & 27th Dec. 1924.
=> Gandhiji was the president of the Congress only on one occasion and the session was held in Belgaum.
=> The Mahajan Commission was constituted in 1966 to resolve dispute regarding Belgaum district between Maharashtra and Karnataka.
=> The Commission in its report in August 1967 recommended that Belgaum remain with Karnataka.
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