"Congress was apprehensive of losing power to NCP in the state in case Vidarbha is carved out of Maharashtra," state BJP President Davendra Phadanvis said. (Agencies)
"BJP will hit the road to continue its democratic fight if Congress does not concede to the demand," he warned.
"The ruling party (Congress) perhaps understands the language of violence only and that is evident from the violent protests in Andhra Pradesh for separate Telangana," Phadanvis said.
The BJP leader said it is unfortunate that people of Andhra, particularly Telangana region, had to indulge in violence over a period of time to keep up the tempo for creating a new state.
Their demand is now being met as the Congress-led UPA government brings the proposed new state Bill in Winter Session of Parliament commencing shortly in Delhi, he said.
Phadanvis said the BJP was committed to the Vidarbha cause. The party, in its National Executive held in Bhubaneshwar way back in November 1992, had adopted the resolution for Vidarbha, he said.
Criticizing the Prithiviraj Chavan government in Maharashtra for alleged inept handling of agri-crisis in the region, Phadanvis said that farmers have not been paid compensation even after a number of assurances.
The farmers' suicide issue is raising its ugly head again and a number of farmers have committed suicide due to crop failure in Kharif session, he claimed.
A two-day summit on 'advantage Vidarbha' was organized in February but since then industries have not shown any interest due to stiff hike in power and water charges, Phadanvis alleged.
"Congress was apprehensive of losing power to NCP in the state in case Vidarbha is carved out of Maharashtra," state BJP President Davendra Phadanvis said.