Leaders from across the political spectrum, including the Congress, BJP, Republican Party of India and local outfits, met on Thursday and decided to call for a shutdown in the Vidarbha region in eastern Maharashtra on January 20 to press their demand for a separate state.
The meeting was convened by former Maharashtra Congress president Ranjit Deshmukh and was attended by Congress Lok Sabha members Vilas Muttemwar and Datta Meghe, BJP MLA from Nagpur Devendra Phadnavis and leaders from other parties.
The Shiv Sena did not participate in the meeting because it opposes the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.
Addressing the meeting, Muttemwar, without naming CM Ashok Chavan, lashed out at him for his alleged statement that several leaders have expressed reservations about creation of a Vidarbha state.
Balkrishna Wasnik, former MP and father of Union Minister for Social Justice Mukul Wasnik expressed support to the cause.