Separate Vidarbha not an emotional issue: Maha BJP chief
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 20:20
Jalgaon (Maha): Strongly voicing his party's stand on separate Vidarbha, newly appointed Maharashtra BJP president Sudhir Mungantiwar today said it is not an emotional issue but a move to help the weaker section in the state.

"Creation of Vidarbha is neither an emotional issue nor about dividing Maharashtra but to help weaker sections of the society," Mungantiwar said on the second day of the state party unit convention here.

Defending the party's demand on Vidarbha, Mungantiwar said BJP backs separate Vidarbha because it is in favour of smaller states right from the time of Jan Sangh founder late Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

Ridiculing the recent controversy over actor Amitabh Bachchan sharing dais with Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, he said, "it is good that Bachchan didn't win elections to enter the Assembly, else the chief minister would not have taken part in the House proceedings."

"Congress objects to Bachchan becoming ambassador for Gujarat, the state of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. But on the other hand you protect Shah Rukh Khan's film, who cares about absence of Pakistani players in IPL cricket teams," he said.

On alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP, Mungantiwar said the differences of opinion on the issues like Vidarbha, will not break the ties.

Terming the ruling Congress and NCP as "arrogant", the BJP state president said," after winning the elections for the third time in a row, Congress and NCP have become arrogant."

He also thanked party leaders and members for giving him an opportunity to become the state unit president and said such ascension from the ranks is only possible in BJP.


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 20:20

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