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

Dec 11 2013, 20:41 IST
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SummaryAshish Deshmukh is the son of former Maharashtra minister Ranjeet Deshmukh.

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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