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Campaign for separate Vidarbha stepped up

The youth wing of the Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti (an umbrella organisation of different groups protesting for separate Vidarbha) plans to send one lakh emails to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other Indian politicians to explain to them the importance of a separate Vidarbha state.

Deepak Munde, the east Nagpur president of Vidarbha Rajya Samiti Yuwa Aghadi (Vidarbha State Committee Youth Wing), said: “A major campaign for separate Vidarbha is underway through social media and now, the issue is being discussed on almost all platforms. Currently, college admissions and the sowing season are on, so we do not want to hit the streets with this demand but we want to keep the agitation going. Between July 16 and July 18, around one lakh emails will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Nagpur MP and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”

“More than 36,000 farmers have killed themselves in Vidarbha, many suffer from malnutrition and youngsters are migrating to other parts of Maharashtra because of developmental backlog in our region. Through these emails, we will warn these leaders that the demand for a separate Vidarbha cannot be ignored anymore,” Mr. Munde added.

The VRS youth wing plans to reach out to college students from all eleven districts of Vidarbha to make this campaign a success.

“This is going to be our last warning to these leaders. Separate Vidarbha was on the agenda of the NDA government in 2000 when three smaller states were formed. But because of the Shiv Sena, the move was shelved. We will write to these leaders to support our movement and form a separate state without any violence or be ready for a major protest post-2017,” stated Mr. Munde. The separate Vidarbha movement received new impetus earlier this year after the resignation of Maharashtra Advocate General Shrihari Aney, who resigned over the issue and has emerged as the face of the movement.



Between July 16 and 18, around one lakh emails will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi




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