BJP's Ashish Deshmukh seeks Devendra Fadnavis govt's stand on Vidarbha statehood, MLA says he has 'options open'

Mumbai: While saying he has other options open, BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh, facing a show cause notice for 'anti-party remarks', on Thursday said Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis should first give reply to his letter on the issue of separate Vidarbha.

Deshmukh is a vocal supporter of statehood for Vidarbha.

Ashish Deshmukh and Devendra Fadnavis. News18 Lokmat

Ashish Deshmukh and Devendra Fadnavis. News18 Lokmat

Addressing a press conference, he said that Fadnavis and his cabinet colleague Sudhir Mungantiwar, when they were Opposition MLAs, had moved a resolution for separate Vidarbha in the Maharashtra Assembly seven times.

"I reminded in my letter to the chief minister about the BJP's assurance on Vidarbha state after four years in power. If two Marathi states come into existence, it will be a good development. (As it is) There are two Telugu-speaking states," Deshmukh, the son of former state Congress chief Ranjit Deshmukh, said.

Statehood to Vidarbha would solve the problems of development deficit, farmer suicides and unemployment in the region, he said.

"For the first time in the history of the state, there is 30 percent cut in development works of District Planning Development Committees (DPDC). Governments change but the situation on the ground remains the same," he said.

Not a single project was sanctioned in Vidarbha under the Make In India project, he alleged.

"Options are open before me. But I am confident the party would address the issues raised by me. Fadnavis should reply to my letter before I reply to the show-cause notice," he said.

Deshmukh, who started a 'Vidarbha Atmabal Yatra' for the cause of separate Vidarbha on 7 January, said he will cover all 62 Assembly constituencies in the region before it concludes on 13 February.

Updated Date: Jan 11, 2018 18:27 PM

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