In response to Shiv Sena’s accusations, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the party on Tuesday that he was the Chief Minister of “Akhand Maharashtra”.
Fadnavis has been accused of being in support of Vidarbha statehood. In the state assembly, Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu posed questions regarding Fadnavis’ outlook.
“There is no proposal as of this moment for a separate Vidarbha before the state government. It is not right to discuss an issue which is not pending before this House,” Fadnavis said.
“I am the CM of an Akhand Maharashtra,” he clarified his viewpoint.
“While BJP has been in favour of (creation of) smaller states, Sena has opposed it. Both the parties are in the government. This is not the government’s stand,” he added.
Many parties, including MNS and NCP, had even demanded Fadnavis’ resignation. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray said, “CM Devendra Fadnavis should resign, he had supported the formation of Vidarbha in 2013.″
Responding to the demands, Fadnavis said “NCP doesn’t have any right to seek my resignation. People have that right. Ask NCP’s Praful Patel who has backed separate Vidarbha. Should we discuss in the House what he has said?”
“We have taken an oath to be true to the Constitution. The Constitution provides for a House member to put forth his views on formation of a separate state. A criminal offence cannot be registered against him for this,” he added.
Fadnavis requested to end all arguments regarding the Vidarbha statehood.