Thane: In the backdrop of Karnataka government dissolving the Belgaum Corporation recently, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said an "emergency-like" situation prevails in that city and vowed to fight for protecting interest of Marathi-speaking people in the neighbouring state.

"Irony is that the civic body elected by the citizens of Belgaum has been superseded and this is nothing but an emergency, worst then the one which was imposed by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi," Uddhav told reporters after inaugurating a theatre complex, named after veteran Marathi actor late Dr Kashinath Ghanekar here.

Reiterating his party's resolve to stand by the Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka, Uddhav said Sena would soon announce its action plan that includes statewide agitations and Maharashtra bandh, besides a march to Delhi on the issue.

Replying to a query on Shiv Sena's view on its alliance partner BJP which is currently at the helm of affairs in Karnataka, Uddhav said, "one should understand that the cause was for the Marathi-speaking people and nothing else".

Karnataka government recently superseded Belgaum Corporation for not performing its functions in accordance with the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, and for certain actions that "offended the sentiments" of the people.

The city mayor and deputy mayor had observed Karnataka foundation day on November 1 as "black day".

The civic body had also passed a resolution stating that it will not hold civic reception to honour the Jnanpith awardee Chandrasekhara Kambara, which had triggered protest in other parts of the state.