Maharashtra Day is celebrated on May 1 to mark the creation of the state of Maharashtra from the division of the larger Bombay State in 1960. Maharashtra Day is celebrated with fervour across the state every year with the main parade being held at Shivaji Park. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to extend his greetings today. BJP President Amit Shah also greeted the people of Maharashtra. PM Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ yesterday said, “I congratulate the citizens of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Both the states have striven to reach the heights of progress continually, contributed to the development of the nation, and a number great people born in both states have continuously inspired us,”
“On Maharashtra Day, I greet my brothers & sisters of Maharashtra and wish the state continue to prosper in the years to come. Jai Maharashtra,” Shah tweeted this morning.
Check out PM Modi’s tweet
आज #महाराष्ट्रदिन ! महाराष्ट्रातील सर्व नागरिकांना माझ्या अनेक शुभेच्छा!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 1, 2017
Historical significance: Post Independence, boundaries of the states were defined by the States Reorganisation Act, 1956 on the basis of languages. The Bombay State was formed. Notably, the state was composed of areas where different languages were spoken. These languages were Marathi, Gujarati, Kutchi and Konkani. Then the Sanyukta Maharashtra Samiti started the movement to divide the Bombay State into two states. One composed of areas where people spoke Gujarati and Kutchhi and the other where people Marathi and Konkani were mainly spoken. Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed as per the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960 enacted by the Parliament on 25 April 1960. The act came into effect on 1 May 1960.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to interact with thousands of youth from across the state. “This Maharashtra Day, let’s embark on a new journey. Together, let’s act and work for ‘Vision Maharashtra 2025’,” Fadnavis had said, as per the Indian Express report.
CM Fadnavis is scheduled to meet the youth from across Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan, Western Maharashtra and North Maharashtra. Apart from this nearly 8,000 students are also likely to participate in the interactions, according to the report. Nearly 6 lakh more have enrolled online to make ‘Transform Maharashtra’ a common cause. It has been learned that from eminent business personality Ratan Tata to actor Akshay Kumar, a host of famous personalities will also participate in the deliberations on May 1, the report said.