Nagpur: In a condemnable act, the activists of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday created utter chaos and foiled a press conference being addressed by Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti (VRAS) in Mumbai.
The VRAS leaders, fighting for creation of separate Vidarbha State, were to address media at Mumbai Press Club for highlighting demand for carving out Vidarbha State. While the VRAS leaders were about to begin the press meet at 3 pm. Vidarbha leader Srinivas Khandewale was addressing the meet. No sooner held the mike, the MNS activists stormed the venue and started creating ruckus. They raised slogans of Akhand Maharashtra and were seen exchanging hot words with Vidarbha protagonists. The rampaging MNS activists marched towards the stage and threw a table. They stopped short of attacking the VRAS leaders but their menacing postures hinted their nasty plan. “The separate Vidarbha words will not be allowed to be uttered on Mumbai soil,” was the protest line of the activists.
The chaos for a short while disrupted the press conference. But after the activists left the venue the Vidarbha leaders continued the press meet and put up their side.
Talking to Nagpur Today, Dhananjay Dharmik said that he along with Wamanrao Chatap, Srinivas Khandewale and Nandu parate were seated on the dais. “We all had reached there at the invitation of Mumbai Press Club. The moment we started airing our view points, the MNS activists barged into the venue and indulged in uproar. The MNS activists put up their side in their own “disgraceful” manner and we also put up our side. Demand for Vidarbha state is not of a few persons but over one and half crore people are cherishing it. Vidarbha people are fighting for justice which is eluding them since years and the people of the region also deserve the right for development. Such goon-like protest will not gag our voice for a separate Vidarbha,” Dharmik declared.