1. Raj Thackeray-led MNS activists disrupt pro-Vidarbha outfit’s press conference

Raj Thackeray-led MNS activists disrupt pro-Vidarbha outfit’s press conference

Activists of Raj Thackeray-led MNS today allegedly disrupted a press conference called by an outfit seeking statehood for Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

By: | Mumbai | Published: September 13, 2016 5:41 PM
Raj Thackeray, founder and president of Marathi regional political party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). (Source: PTI) Raj Thackeray, founder and president of Marathi regional political party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). (Source: PTI)

Activists of Raj Thackeray-led MNS today allegedly disrupted a press conference called by an outfit seeking statehood for Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

MNS is strongly opposed to any division of Maharashtra.

Dozens of MNS workers, led by Corporator Sandeep Deshpande, allegedly barged into the conference, organised by Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti at Press Club in South Mumbai, and asked the media persons covering the event to leave the venue.

They also forced the conference organises to wind up the press meet.

“We cannot and would not ever tolerate creation of a separate Vidarbha. We believe in Akhand (united) Maharashtra. We will fight for Akhand Maharashtra and would do whatever it takes (to keep the state united),” Deshpande said.

The Samiti is among a handful of organisations which are leading a movement for decades demanding statehood for Vidarbha, a cotton-rich region in eastern Maharashtra.

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