EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NAGPUR, SEPTEMBER 24 Former Maharashtra Advocate General Shrihari Aney on Saturday announced launch of a political party dedicated to achieve the goal of statehood for Vidarbha.
Aney made the announcement while talking to journalists at the workers’ convention of pro-statehood organisation Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi (ViRA). “The new party will be called as ViRA only and we will start our campaign by contesting local body polls, beginning December,” Aney said.
“In the light of the fact that mainstream political parties are unlikely to help create a separate Vidarbha state, it has become imperative to have a political party dedicated to achieve the statehood goal,” Aney said.
“While Congress is dithering on the issue, its ally NCP is doing fence-sitting. And, as long as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is against statehood to the region, BJP’s purported commitment to statehood is meaningless,” he added.
Aney declared that ViRA will start the campaign by entering local body polls arena on statehood plank from December.
He also declared that there will be no place for leaders from mainstream political parties in ViRA and the campaign will be run on the strength of fresh blood.
Aney said, “We aim to create a threat perception for these parties by pulling pro-Vidarbha voters away from them as punishment against betrayal of the region’s aspirations and interests.”
Aney has been named as the founder president of the new party.
“More than 35 pro-Vidarbha organisations have declared their support to us and will help ViRA to secure all pro-Vidarbha votes,” ViRA secretary Neeraj Khandewale said. Earlier, addressing ViRA workers, Aney said, “There will be no place for personality cult and dynastic politics in the new party.”
Asked about possible electoral adjustment with other pro-Vidarbha parties, Aney told The Sunday Express, “Waman Chatap’s Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti is not entering fray soon. We can have seat understanding with other pro-Vidarbha parties like the Republican factions, BSP and Rajkumar Tirpude’s Vidarbha Maza Party. As it is, we are not in a position to contest all seats in the local elections.”