Nagpur: It seems Maharashtra will soon go the same way as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The three states were divided while the BJP was in power there, whereas only Andhra Pradesh split into Telangana under Congress rule. Now in Maharashtra, where the BJP is in power, the RSS has joined the call for dividing the state and that too, into four parts.
Former advocate general Srihari Aney’s comments on Sunday, calling for statehood for Marathwada, has once again sparked calls for division of the state. Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson MG Vaidya jumped into the controversy by saying that he supports Aney’s statements.
“The ideal population of any state should be about three crore only for which smaller states are required. Maharashtra has a population of over 12 crore so it might be divided into four parts,” he said.
Talking to mediapersons in Nagpur he added, “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,” he added.
The resignation of Maharashtra’s Advocate General Shrihari Aney on Tuesday has given renewed voice to those advocating the creation of separate states of Vidarbha and Marathwada.