MNS is strongly opposed to any division of Maharashtra. Dozens of party workers, led by MNS Corporator Sandeep Deshpande, 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 organiser 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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