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Divided They Stand

Much to the BJP’s chagrin, the Congresstakes the lead in reviving the call for statehood in Vidarbha

Divided They Stand
Divided They Stand
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THE Centre’s decision to grant statehood to Uttarakhand has touched a raw nerve and revived the call for a separate state in Vidarbha. For the first time since the region joined Maharashtra 36 years ago, all political parties except the Shiv Sena have taken up the demand for statehood for Vidarbha. The BJP, for long the only main party backing the issue, had softened its demand in deference to the Shiv Sena, only to find its plank being usurped by the Congress whose leaders are now ardently supporting the cause with resolutions, rallies and appeals in Delhi. 

"Uttarakhand was our inspiration. We have a stronger case for statehood than Uttarakhand. Our demand is not through bloodshed, and on-the-streets agitation should be left to the final stage of a movement," says former Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar. He is the convenor of the Vidarbha Rajya Congress Steering Committee which has placed the demand for a separate state before the Prime Minister and whose members include former union ministers Vasant Sathe, N.K.P. Salve and Mukul Wasnik. And while state Congressmen like...

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