Nagpur :The indefinite hunger strike by youth leader Ashish Deshmukh demanding a separate state of Vidarbha entered 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 today 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 Telangana.
Ind MLA Rana
Meanwhile Speaker Dilip Walse Patil suspended independent member Ravi Rana for a day over his unruly behaviour on the floor of the House.
Rana, an MLA from Badnera, entered the House wearing a white shirt painted with slogans in support of separate Vidarbha state, which earned disapproval of the Speaker.
The Speaker asked Rana to come in proper attire and as per the dress code of the House. However, Rana did not comply despite repeated directions, following which he was suspended for the day. owever, as Rana stayed put, the Speaker summoned marshals to evict him from the House.
Finally, Rana walked out on his own.
In an unprecedented move, the legislative Assembly gave a standing ovation to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and noted scientist CNR Rao for being chosen for the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
Both Houses of Maharashtra Legislature extended greetings to Tendulkar and Rao for the honour.
In Assembly, the Leader of House and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan moved a resolution to greet both the legends in their respective fields, in the House.
Members cutting across the party lines welcomed
the resolution by thumping desks.
“Tendulkar has brought laurels not only to Maharashtra but also for the country by his excellent performance in the world of cricket, and has set a number of records before retiring. The Government of India has aptly picked him up for the coveted Bharat Ratna,” Chavan said.
Chavan recalled his association with Rao when the former was MoS in PMO, and also during the assignment of the scientist as the chairman of Scientific Advisory Council to PM.
“Rao had some connection with Kolhapur as his ancestors lived there and he knows Marathi. Besides, he loves Marathi plays,” Chavan said.
Opposition Leader Eknath Khadse recalled an exhibition match on the 60th birthday of then Chief Minister Manohar Joshi when he had the opportunity to open the innings for CM-XI team with Tendulkar against the Indian team.
Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) also complimented Tendulkar and Rao. “Rao’s surname is actually Deshmukh as he has roots in Maharashtra,” the MLA said.
Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) while complimenting the duo, suggested that Tendulkar should be invited to the House during the next Budget session after the Governor’s speech and be felicitated.