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NCP will support creation of Vidarbha if locals want it: Sule

Supriya Sule

Mumbai, Nov 20 (PTI) NCP MP Supriya Sule today said her party would support creation of separate Vidarbha state by carving it out from Maharashtra if “local sentiment” is in the favour of such a move.

Sule said her party had supported the creation of Telangana, which was formed by splitting Andhra Pradesh.

“I don’t think statehood is the only way for development of Vidarbha. If there is a local sentiment in favour of the statehood…discussion on creation of Vidarbha would be necessary,” she added.

Sule said if people of the region wanted a separate state, her party would support the move.

While Shiv Sena is against “breaking” of Maharashtra, the BJP is in the favour of creation of the separate Vidarbha state, comprising districts of east Maharashtra.

No differences in NCP over support to BJP govt: Sule


Asserting that there were no differences in the party over its decision to extend outside support to the BJP government in Maharashtra, NCP MP Supriya Sule today denied that she had reservations about the party’s stand.

Some reports today said that Sule and former state minister Jayant Patil had expressed displeasure over the support to BJP at the NCP conclave at Alibag.

Talking to reporters here, Sule said the meeting was about the future course for the party. “It was a freewheeling discussion, introspective….Discussions were about how to expand the party base. There was no question of talking about anything else,” She said.

“I am appalled how such a bubble that I have differences with my father (NCP chief Sharad Pawar) who also happens to be my boss can be manufactured,” Sule said.

She also denied that Pawar had threatened the BJP with his statement that there would be snap polls. “He spoke about different possibilities and options in the prevailing political situation,” she added.

Sule said the decision to extend outside support to BJP was taken a month ago and the party had been consistent in its stand that it did not want to force another election in the state and was supporting the government for stability and on issues of development.

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