A day after Maharashtra’s Advocate General, Sreehari Aney, was forced to resign because of his remarks supporting the demand for creation of a separate Marathwada region, the veteran RSS leader has demanded the same.
The former spokesperson of the RSS, MG Vaidya, has favoured the division of Maharashtra into four parts for the purpose of ‘better governance.’
He told reporters, “One state should be Mumbai along with Konkan, Western Maharashtra can be a second state, Vidarbha the third state and Marathwada including north Maharashtra a fourth state called Devgiri. I strongly support AG Aney’s demand for separate Marathwada and Vidarbh. The government must set up a commission to carve out smaller states to ensure better governance and rapid progress of the people.”
Aney’s remarks in support of separate Marathwada region was deemed as sedition by many Shiv Sena and BJP leaders in Maharashtra.
He had said, “If demand for Vidharba is sedition, what about Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana?”
Now with the RSS throwing its weight behind, it seems Maharashtra will soon go the same way as Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, whose divisions resulted in creation of new states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Telangana respectively.