Ashish Deshmukh,son of former Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ranjit Deshmukh,on Saturday launched his Nagpur-Sevagram padyatra by burning copies of Nagpur Pact,which formed the basis for merger of the erstwhile Central Provinces and Berar state into Maharashtra 60 years ago.
Prominent Vidarbha leader of yore Jambuwantrao Dhote and Ranjit Deshmukh flagged off the yatra while hundreds of college youth participated.
Taking a departure from the injustice premise to push for statehood,Ashish is stressing upon progress.
There is no point raking it up again and again. Its (injustice) a thing of the past and doesnt resonate with the younger lot. I think Vidarbha is not just viable but necessary for the youth of the region,who now have to migrate to Mumbai,Pune and other places for jobs. Thats why Vidarbha Joint Action Committee (VJAC) has decided to apprise the youth about the immense potential statehood holds for Vidarbha, Deshmukh said.
Deshmukh cited the example of neighbouring Chhattisgarh. It was more backward than Vidarbha. Now,it has progressed well as state. Vidarbha,too,will if given statehood, he said.
If Vidarbha was a state,farmers wouldnt have committed suicide as they would have received aid immediately. Also,Naxalism would end in the face of development. Projects like MIHAN and sectors like mining and tourism would get a boost, Deshmukh said.
Meanwhile,over 100 activists,including some leaders,were arrested at after they staged a rasta roko and burnt copies of the Nagpur Pact.