Making their voice loud and clear in order to demand a separate Vidarbha, nine political parties have joined hands to form a united front to fight the upcoming 2019 elections.
Under the name of Vidarbha Nirman Mahamanch, the front covers Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi led by Shihari Aney, Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti led by Wamanrao Chatap, Vidarbha Maza led by Rajkumar Tirpude, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bahujan Republic Socialist Party, Shetkari Sanghatana, Prahaar Janshakti Paksha led by MLA Bachchu Kadu, Nag Vidarbha Andolan Samiti, Rashtriya Jansurajya Party, RPI (K), and Jambuwantrao Dhote Vichar Manch.
According to the reports, in order to discuss the strategies for next year’s elections, the leaders held a meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Plans for creating pressure for giving statehood to Vidarbha was also a prior topic of discussion in the meeting.
“The BJP had promised to carve out Vidarbha state before going into 2014 general elections. But they have gone back on it after winning 44 seats in the v name off Vidarbha. Now, BJP President Amit Shah says Vidarbha state is not on his party’s agenda. This anti-Vidarbha, anti-farmer and anti-unemployed stance of BJP candle in for scathing criticism in our meeting. We want the BJP to give us the Vidarbha state or leave Vidarbha. The Congress party, too, had always betrayed the cause of Vidarbha statehood and we will teach them both a lesson in the forthcoming elections," Indian Express quoted Rajya Aghadi’s Shihari Aney.
The attendees in the meeting included Shrinivas Khandewale, Ram Neole, Ahmed Kader, Neeraj Khandewale, Devendra Wankhede, and ex-MLA Upendra Shende.
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