Separate Vidarbha state should be formed at the earliest, says Ramdas Athawale
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today reiterated his demand for separate Vidarbha state and said two new states should also be carved out of Uttar Pradesh.
Hyderabad: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today reiterated his demand for separate Vidarbha state and said two new states should also be carved out of Uttar Pradesh.
"During agitation for separate statehood to Telangana, we supported it. And now separate Vidarbha state should be formed at the earliest. Our party and people are demanding for a separate state," he said.
"Similarly, two new states should be carved out of Uttar Pradesh," Athawale, who heads the Republican Party of India (A), said in Hyderabad.
He alleged, "There is no development in Vidarbha, whether it is industrial, irrigation or power (sector). We want separate Vidarbha state...Hindi speaking states have been divided and Telugu speaking states have been created. So why not in Maharashtra."
"(Maharashtra) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister Nitin Gadkari are from Vidarbha. My party is also supporting the demand for separate Vidarbha state," he added.
On the ongoing reservation demand by various communities, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said that Marathas, Patels, Jats, Rajputs, Gujjars, Brahmins, Lingayats and others are demanding reservations but he is favour of quotas on the basis of the economic status.
"As the leader of RPI and the Minister of state for Social Justice, I support reservation for the economically backward sections among them," he said adding, a constitutional amendment should be made to provide 25 per cent quota to the poor among the upper castes.
"I will discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all other political parties in this regard. There will be no problem if a law in passed in Parliament taking overall reservation to 75 per cent," he said.
The minister also said there is a need to encourage inter-caste marriages in order to bring an end to casteism in the country.
Villagers said the temple was constructed five days ago by one Lokesh Kumar Srivastava with the help of donations from local residents
Anup Chandra Pandey appointed election commissioner: All you need to know about ex-UP cadre IAS officer
The next Lok Sabha polls could be announced sometime in March 2024, which could be held under Kumar’s watch
Sharma, the kingpin of the liquor mafia, was arrested as he was about to slip out of the district after being holed up in hideouts for the past nine days