‘Ajit Pawar and Narayan Rane has no right to comment on vidarbha statehood issue-VJAS
Nagpur - april 23, 2010
The recent statements of Maharashtra ministers Ajit Pawar and Narayan Rane has strongly condemned by pro-vidarbha statehood activist group Vidabha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) terming unwarned and uncalled for ,it’s just rubbing the salt to the wounds of the dying vidarbha farmers and tribal.
‘ Ajit Pawar and Narayan Rane both ministers have not moral and legitimate right to decide the statehood issue of vidarbha when NCP has already supported the demand where as congress high command has not taken it’s final decision on the issue. these attempts to aggravate the issue to create law and order problem in the state as both ministers are completely aware on ground level sentiments of vidarbha people and continued injustice done to the people of vidarbha more Ajit Pawar is the minister who is directly- indirectly responsible for thousands of cotton farmers suicides .statements are unfortunate and VJAS strongly condemn it’ Kishor Tiwari President of Vidabha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in press note today .
VJAS was reacting to reported statements of Ajit Pawar and Narayan Rane ,here
No separate Vidarbha, says Ajit Pawar
Mumbai: The NCP has supported the demand for a separate Vidarbha state, but water resource minister and NCP chief’s nephew Ajit Pawar on Thursday indicated that he did not want a separate state.
“We have supported the demand for Vidarbha and Marathwada in the past five years,” he said. “Nobody should doubt our intentions. But we should create such an atmosphere that no one should feel the need for a separate Vidarbha. We will not divert any funds allocated to any region. This is my assurance.”
Pawar was speaking at the legislative council after Manickrao Thakre of the Congress wanted to know if the tenure of the statutory development boards of Vidarbha and Marathwada would be extended. The tenure of the boards will end on April 30.
He told the house that the government would ask the Centre to extend the tenure of the statutory boards. “There are still eight days to make a recommendation,” he said. “But I do not want any region to feel left out.”
He announced that the government would give money from the contingency fund to complete the irrigation projects in Gadchiroli district, Vidarbha.
Separate Vidarbha? Forget about it-Rane
Mumbai: Revenue minister Narayan Rane on Monday warned the BJP leaders that they should stop dreaming of statehood to Vidarbha as neither the government nor the people of Vidarbha are in favour of it. This is for the first time that any minister or Congress leader has firmly expressed views on the issue of independent Vidarbha.
Rane said the people from Vidarbha region have never been in favour of the statehood status.
“The results of the two elections recently showed it clearly as the both the ruling parties gained majority from the region. The leaders demanding independent status should realise clearly that they should stop dreaming about it,” he said.
The Congress leaders so far have never come out so emphatically against the demand for a separate Vidarbha. Even in the assembly and the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress chose to take an ambiguous stand on the matter.
Some of its leaders were in favour of the independent status, while others had left it to the party high command.
Rane said the BJP was trying to gain political mileage out of the issue. “Nobody will deny the plight of the farmers in Vidarbha. The need of the hour is to strengthen the farmers socially and economically. Efforts are needed to be put in by all the parties.
“Our government will leave no stone unturned to make the farmers from Vidarbha capable of fighting all odds. Apart from providing them fertilisers and seeds, adequate loans will also be made available,” he said.
The minister said his government never discriminated against farmers based on the region. “If the farmers from western
“The government can fight if the problems of the farmers are of economic nature. But farmers are committing suicide because of other reasons, such as illness and lack of money for the wedding of their daughters. We should address these issues through awareness drives.”
Rane admitted that 6,161 farmers have committed suicide since 2001. “Suicide is not new to the region. Farmers have been committing suicide for last 50 years. But our government has sincerely attempted to get rid of it,” he added.
He claimed that the per capita income of the farmers in six districts with agrarian crisis of the Vidarbha has improved significantly in the past 10 years.
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