Dalit leaders flay Shiv Sena chief
Thursday, January 21, 2010 AT 11:55 PM (IST)
NAGPUR: If separate Vidarbha state is formed, the people of the region
will decide the Chief Minister and not Bal Thackeray, Dalit leaders
Ramdas Athawale and Jogendra Kawade said today.
Reacting to Sena chief's statement of a non-Maharashtrian becoming
Chief Minister, if Vidarbha is carved out of Maharashtra, both
Athawale and Kawade said, the Chief Minister could be a Dalit as the
region has large population of backward caste.
They said United RPI will remain active with Vidarbha Rajya Sangram
Samiti and proceed with it to Delhi to meet Prime Minister, UPA
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, presidents of national political parties
including Nitin Gadkari (BJP) and Sharad Pawar (NCP). Athwale said he
would convince the RPI-Left-PWP alliance parties leader N D Patil over
creation of separate Vidarbha. During the budget session of
Parliament, memorandum would be given to all MPs in Delhi and also to
all legislators of Maharashtra during state legislature budget
session, he said.
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