Nagpur: Activists of Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti (VRAS) and other organisations staged agitation in front of Gandhi Statue at Variety Square and renewed the demand for a separate Vidarbha. The activists collectively paid tributes to Dnyaneshwar Narayan Misal, a farmer from Washim District, who committed suicide. In his suicide note, Misal had said, “I forgot to recognise the world. You do it. There is no justice for farmers unless separate Vidarbha is carved out.” “This is very unfortunate. The farmer sacrificed his life for Vidarbha’s cause,” the activists said while paying their tributes to Misal.
“The demand for Vidarbha State is old one. But the past four years saw agitations getting intensified. Bharatiya Janata Party staged umpteen number of agitations for separate Vidarbha. But the party took a U-Turn the moment it came to power. BJP is not keeping its word. It is betrayal of the people who elected them. Over 36,000 farmers have committed suicide but this government is turning a blind eye,” the VRAS lamented.
“Misal’s sacrifice will not go in vain. The Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti has called for Vidarbha Bandh on December 11, the first day of Winter Session. A massive morcha will be taken out on that day to Vidhan Sabha to wake up the government and force it to fulfil promise of separate Vidarbha,” the activists stated.
The programme was participated by Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti’s Dr Shrinivas Khandewale, Ram Nevale, Arun Kedar, Arvind Deshmukh, Shyam Wagh, Mangalmurti Sonkusre, Ankush Bhowte, Raju Kale, Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi Working President Adv Neeraj Khandewale, Dilip Kohale, Mukesh Masurkar, Dr G S Khwaja, Bhaiyyalal Makde and many others.