Even Ambedkar was for separate Vidarbha, says grandson
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 19:01
Nagpur: The statehood demand for Vidarbha is very old and even Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was in favour of creating such smaller states, his grandson said on Tuesday.

"The great Dalit leader had made a strong plea for smaller states in the country and submitted a detailed memorandum to the Fazal Ali Commission in 1955 on the issue of smaller states including Republican Vidarbha," Prakash Ambedkar who also heads Bhartiya Party Bahujan Samaj (BRPBS) told agency.

He said Babsaheb had appeared for the hearings of the first State Reorganisation Commission headed by Fazal Ali way back in 1955 in Delhi to convince the Commission (on the issue), which later recommended creation of Vidarbha state.

"Babasaheb died shortly after the historic Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Day here. Had he been alive for some more years, he could have certainly pursued the issue with Central leadership on the statehood issue," Prakash said.

Babasaheb in his memorandum had contended that smaller states would bring in more responsibility and prosperity.

The former MP, who is leading the separate Vidarbha movement here, is presently collecting data and statistics to justify the economic viability of new state of Vidarbha.

Ambedkar said Muttemwar and Phadanvis will lead the mass contact tour programme. Samiti has sought meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi over separate Vidarbha demand. "We are still awaiting a positive response," Muttemwar, who wrote letters to both of them, said.

Pro-Vidarbha leaders reiterated their commitment of peaceful agitation throughout their programme. Purohit and others have already toured Akola and other places as part of preparations for second phase of agitation, he informed.

The Vidarbha bandh, called by all political parties in the region, barring Shiv Sena, met with a huge success, Muttemwar claimed.


First Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 19:01

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