Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samit, spearheading the cause of statehood flagged off out two Vidarbha Nirman Yatra rallies from Variety Square on Wednesday afternoon. The two yatras – one to tour East Vidarbha and another the West Vidarbha marched for their journeys after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Variety Square.
The East Vidarbha Nirman Yatra is being led by chief co-ordinator of Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti Ram Nevale, which would tour Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts. While the West Vidarbha Yatra is being led by former MLA Adv Wamanrao Chatap and pass through Amravati, Washim, Akola and Buldana districts. Both the yatras will culminated at More Bhavan, Zansi Rani Square on January 12 where a concluding meet will be held.
Adv Chatap, Mr Nevale, former commissioner of police of Nagpur Prabir Kumar Chakraborty, leader of Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi Adv Shrihari Ane, Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Sudhir Sawant, Devendra Wankhede, president of Vidarbha Maza Party Rajkumar Tirpude, Mangesh Teleng, Sunil Chokhare of Dhote Vichar Manch and Rupesh Fund of Prahaar Jan Shakti were prominently present at the flagging off ceremony.
Addressing a rally on the occasion, Adv Chatap said the Vidarbha Nirman yatra will create awareness among the people and will emerge as a third alternative in the coming elections. Adv Ane said the Vidarbha Nirman Yatra will wipe out the Bharatiya Janata Party completely. Mr Sawant said the AAP is in favour of separate Vidarbha state and the party has full co-operation for the cause of statehood. AAP will contest all the seats in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and thus emerge as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress.
Mr Nevale in his speech said the yatra will create awareness among the people and deliver a message to them. At the same time it is a warning to the BJP that still there is time to create a separate state of Vidarbha. We will give an ultimatum to the BJP that it should either carve out a separate state or else it has no right to remain in the power. Mr Tirpude said that Vidarbha state is our birth right and we shall have it.
Ranjana Mamarde, Dr Ramesh Gajbe, Devidas Lanjewar, Bhagwan Zanzad, Arun Kedar, Adv Neeraj Khandewale, Dilip Narwadia, Dharmaraj Rewatkar, Rajkumar Nagulwar, Arvind Sandekar, Mukesh Maasurkar, Abhudyaya Kose, Vijaya Dhote, Vishnu Ashtikar, Anil Tidke, Pournima Bhilave, Adv Sanyal, Preeti Didmuthe, Raveena Shyamkule, Ghanshyam Purohit, Raju Kale, Ganesh Sharma, Krishna Keshwarni, Prabhakar Kale, Ramesh Janbandhu, Dr Ghadge, Gajanan Ahmedabadkar, Rupesh Bhoyar and a large number of activists were present on the occasion.