India, Feb. 23 -- The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), an umbrella organisation created to integrate Marathi speaking majority districts of Karnataka with Maharashtra, will neither support the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha by-polls, accusing the two national parties of ignoring the issues of the region.

"As a group, we will not be supporting anybody. All these national parties are of no use to us," Deepak Dalvi, a senior MES leader told Hindustan Times.

Formed in 1948, the group has been fighting for the inclusion of Marathi speaking areas, on the border shared by the two states, in Maharashtra.

"They (national parties) just milk our cause for their (political) reasons. Once the bypolls are d...