Mumbai, Aug 1: Both houses of Maharashtra legislature were adjourned on Monday over the issue of a separate state of Vidarbha even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis categorically denied any such moves were on. “There is no such proposal by the state or the Centre. Carving out smaller states is a subject handled by the Centre,” Fadvis asserted amidst noisy scenes and slogan-shouting by legislators of all opposition parties, besides Bharatiya Jata Party’s ruling coalition partner Shiv Se.
“It is the Centre’s prerogative to decide on this and the state has no role. The state government is not considering this (Vidarbha) issue nor has any such proposal been sent to the Centre,” Fadvis said. The Chief Minister came on the firing line of the Shiv Se, the opposition Congress and tiolist Congress Party besides other parties for the second time since Friday when the issue first rocked the legislature during the ongoing monsoon session.
Opposition leaders Radhakrish Vikhe-Patil (in the assembly) and Dhanjay Munde (in the council), and former Chief Ministers rayan Rane and Prithviraj Chavan were among those who lashed out at the BJP-led government for not making its stance on the separate Vidarbha state issue clear and demanded Fadvis’s resigtion. “The Chief Minister says there is no plan for it (Vidarbha state). Then let’s bring in a resolution for a unified Maharashtra. If he has any problem, we can do it, the Shiv Se can do it,” Chavan said — a demand later voiced by Vikhe-Patil. (IANS)