As long as I'm in Delhi, no power in world can split Maharashtra: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that Centre has no plans of dividing Maharashtra.

As long as I'm in Delhi, no power in world can split Maharashtra: PM Modi

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that Centre had no plans of dividing Maharashtra.

Addressing a rally in Sindhkheda in Dhule district, Modi said Maharashtra had the capability to drive India's growth and its capital Mumbai was central to that.

He added emphatically that till he was in in Delhi, everyone should be assured that no power would be able to break Maharashtra.

"Congress leaders have been spreading lies on cotton and onion for the last 10 years. They have started spreading a new lie. They say Maharashtra will be split. Has anyone been born in this country who can divide the land of Shivaji?" he said, as per PTI.

"I assure you that as long as I am in Delhi, no power in the world can split Maharashtra and also separate Mumbai from Maharashtra," he said, touching upon the contentious issue of creation of a separate Vidarbha, a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alleged that BJP wanted to "break the state into pieces".

Modi also posted the following on the micro-blogging site Twitter:

Though Modi said it was Congress which was "spreading the lie" about dividing the state, Uddhav had yesterday said at an election rally at Tuljapur in Osmanabad district that "BJP wants to divide the state in the name of development and progress. But the people of Maharashtra will never let that happen. They (BJP) will be given a befitting reply (by the voters)."

"If you want our state to be broken into pieces, then vote for BJP. But do you want that to happen?" he had asked.

Meanwhile, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had also questioned as to why the PM was addressing more than 20 rallies for a state election and said that there was a larger design behind the campaign.

Modi reiterated the same at another rally in Jalgaon and said that people who could not work for Maharashtra were spreading false propaganda.

There have been strong demands for a separate Vidarbha out of Maharashtra. It has been widely believed that the BJP ideologically supports such a move.

State BJP chief Devendra Fadanvis did say that the party supported demands for the creation of Vidarbha. However, he also said that BJP would only support such a demand if the division is not like Telangana but if it is based on socio-economic transformation.

Maharashtra is due to go to the polls on October 15 and the results will be announced on October 19.

With Agency inputs