Mumbai: Senior Congress leaders from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra want a separate Congress unit for the region. Congress leaders Nitin Raut, Vilas Muttemwar and Satish Chaturvedi on Saturday said they would be holding a rally demanding separate Vidarbha at Chandrapur today.

On Thursday, these leaders had addressed a gathering at Yavatmal where they criticised senior state Congress leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Narayan Rane and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil for opposing the demand. Rane and others had tried to corner Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP on the issue in the Assembly earlier this week.

“Chavan, Rane and Vikhe Patil are selfish and do not have any emotional bond with Vidarbha and therefore ignorant of the sentiments of people there,” said Raut, who was a minister in Chavan’s cabinet, reported PTI. He also reminded that separate Vidarbha issue was on BJP’s election manifesto.

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