Former Congress ministers support demand for separate Vidarbha

Amravati: Former Congress Ministers Yashwant Sherekar and Malharrao Mahulkar, on Saturday, declared their support for separate statehood for Vidarbha saying that it was necessary for the removal of backlog of the region.

They pointed out that Congress had resolved way back in 1912 in favour of separate Vidarbha state and the party should now carve out Vidarbha out of Maharashtra.

They also submitted a memorandum to this effect to President Pratibha Patil during her recent visit to Amravati.

Both the leaders told a press conference today that Congress had adopted a resolution in 1912 at a convention supporting the separate statehood to Vidarbha. Advocate Ranganath Mudholkar from Amravati was the President of that convention, they said..

The likes of Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Pattabhi Sitaramayya were also in favour of separate Vidarbha and so also Acharya Vinobha Bhave, Bapuji Ane and Acharya Dandekar, they said.

"We will remind Congress High command about this and ask to carve out Vidarbha from Maharashtra ," said Sherekar.

He, however, observed that the agitation for separate Vidarbha should be undertaken in a non-violent way.