Despite fairing badly in Lok Sabha polls, the Congress will revive itself from Maharashtra's Vidarbha region which has stood behind the party even in hours of crises earlier, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday.
Denied tickets for Assembly polls, Cultural Affairs Minister Sanjay Deotale in the erstwhile Congress-led Maharashtra government, sitting Nagpur-South MLA Dinanath Padole of the Congress and Shiv Sena district chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe are leading the pack of rebels in Vidarbha region.
Staunchly opposing the demand for a separate state for the Vidarbha region, the Shiv Sena Wednesday said it will not allow division of Maharashtra, even if it is sought by its alliance partner BJP or any other party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur and the neighbouring district of Wardha on August 21 on his maiden visit to the Vidarbha region for a couple of events here, sources said here on Wednesday night.
Congress MP and ex-Union minister Vilas Muttemwar has urged party president Sonia Gandhi to take up the issue of separate Vidarbha with the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to revive its electoral chances in the impending Maharashtra Assembly Elections.
Farmers and widows of suicide affected families in Vidarbha would be observing a day-long fast tomorrow at Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district, to draw the attention of authorities to the distress due to delayed rains in the region.
Maharashtra Congress suffered a rude post-election jolt Monday when senior leader and four-time member of parliament Datta Meghe announced he was quitting to join the Bharatiya Janata Party along with his two sons.