Agitation in support of separate Vidarbha state
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 18:32
New Delhi: Pressing for the formation of separate state of Vidarbha, members of the Vidarbha Rajya Nirman Samittee (VRNS) on Wednesday announced that they will intensify their agitation by organising a day long protest in Nagpur on Friday.

"We have pledged to make it a people's movement because there is no other way to bring the problems of the people of Vidarbha forward," Umesh Choubey, president of VRNS, told reporters here.

Vidarbha is plagued by many evils such as under-development, economic backwardness, Naxalism, lack of electricity and irrigation facilities for farming, Choubey claimed.

"We have spoken to many politicians including former Chief Minister Vasant Sathe and BJP president Nitin Gadkari (on the issue)," he said.

Govind Verma, an activist, said that the demand has been in the pipeline for around 50 years.

"Irrigation facilities were increased in Vidarbha to only 13 per cent and that of Western Maharashtra to 98 per cent since the 1960s and the funds released by the government never reach the farmers, leading to more farmer suicides," said VRNS member Professor Hari Bhaukedkar.

Extending support to the movement, Bodoland (Assam) MP (LS) Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary said, "We earnestly request the government to have a similar separate state policy for Vidarbha as Telangana and Bodoland, so that the development of important states like these does not lag behind. People feel a sense of belongingness to the country and development of the country at large will increase."


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 18:32

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