Vidarbha Statehood Issue to Be Part of NDA Agenda: BJP

Published: 22nd February 2014 08:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2014 08:09 PM   |  A+A-


BJP today said the statehood of Vidarbha would be a part of the NDA's common minimum programme for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, but admitted that it differed with its alliance partner Shiv Sena on the issue.

"There are differences between the two parties on the issue of a separate Vidarbha. We are in favour of separate Vidarbha state. Our stand is very much clear," BJP's Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here today.

"The issue of separate statehood to Vidarbha would be part of our (NDA's) common minimum programme," he said.

Sena has advised the NDA partners to keep the contentious issue on the back-burner. "Shiv Sena is committed to united Maharashtra and will never allow it to be bifurcated," Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said yesterday.

The issue has come to fore against with the passage of Telangana Bill in Parliament.


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