Nagpur: After organising a successful
Vidarbha bandh on January 20, pro-Vidarbha leaders are making
preparations for a `Jail Bharo` agitation on March 23 to draw
attention of the state and the Central leadership towards the
separate statehood demand issue.
A meeting held under the banner of Vidarbha Rajya
Sangram Samiti held here yesterday chalked out the strategy
for making the `civil disobedience` call a success.
The meet was attended prominently by former Union
Minister and Nagpur MP Vilas Muttemwar, Wardha Congress MP
Datta Meghe, former MPs Prakash Ambedkar (Bharip BMS),
Banwarilal Purohit (BJP), Jambuwantrao Dhote and Naresh
Pugalia (Cong) and former Maharashtra Pradesh Congress
Committee MPCC) president Ranjeet Deshmukh.
Former minister Nanabhau Embadwar, BJP legislators
Davendra Phadanvis, Sudhakar Deshmukh, former State DG of
Police, Prabir Chakravorty, Dr Govind Varma and Prakash
Gajbhiye (RPI-A) also attended the meeting.
The meeting decided to hold demonstrations in front of
Tehsil Offices, Sub-Divisional Offices, Police Stations and
State Government offices including Collectorates followed by
`jail bharo` agitation programme.
Later briefing newsmen, Ambedkar said those fighting
for the cause will have the status of freedom fighters of
Vidarbha in due course.
The future course of action will be decided after jail
bharo agitation, he said.
Like the historic spontaneous cent percent bandh on
January 20, the `Jail Bharo` on March 23 will also be
"historic" and send a clear message to the state and central
leadership of peaceful and non-violent agitation, he hoped.