"If all parties come together, no one can stop Vidarbha from becoming a separate state," Gadkari said while speaking at an all-party meeting organized by Vidarbha Economic Development (VED) Council on Saturday.

The BJP would support the motion for Vidarbha statehood, if it was tabled in Parliament, he said. Maharashtra BJP unit president Devendra Fadnavis said he would even resign (from his post as a MLA) for supporting the cause of Vidarbha statehood.

"But, the right time for resignation is yet to come," Fadnavis said. Instead of waiting for backlog to be removed, a separate state of Vidarbha would boost development of the region, he opined.

Senior Congress leader and Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut said all political leaders of Vidarbha should create a pressure group for demanding statehood for the region.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh alleged that some leaders took up the issue of separate Vidarbha only when they lost ministerial posts.

He appealed to all leaders and elected representatives from the region to come together for the cause. Leaders of various parties including BJP, Congress and others were present during the programme.


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