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Youth leader Deshmukh’s fast for separate Vidarbha state enters sixth day

Ashish Deshmukh is the son of former Maharashtra minister Ranjeet Deshmukh.

Written by PTI | Nagpur | Published: December 11, 2013 8:41:54 pm

The indefinite hunger strike by youth leader Ashish Deshmukh demanding a separate state of Vidarbha entered its sixth day on Wednesday.

Deshmukh had taken out a march in September to create awareness about the demand of separate statehood for Vidarbha,before beginning his indefinite fast on December 6.

A large number of visitors,including independent MLAs Anil Bonde,Ravi Rana,and NCP MLA Jitendra Aawhad,visited him and extend their wishes to him. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit,former legislators S Q Zama,Upendra Shende and Ashok Dhawad too paid a visit to the fasting leader.

A local NGO,Vidarbha Economic Council (VED),conducted a couple of competitions based on a Vidarbha theme to keep up the momentum.

Deshmukh,the son of former Maharashtra minister and former Pradesh Congress chief Ranjeet Deshmukh,had earlier said this was an opportune time to carve out a separate state of Vidarbha from Maharashtra,since the Congress-led UPA government is all set to create a new state of Telengana.

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