Maharashtra won't be split, says PM Modi

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 17:09 IST

Dismissing opposition charges,Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday ruled out splitting of Maharashtra and separating Mumbai from the state.

"Congress leaders have started spreading a new lie. They say Maharashtra will be split. Has anyone been born in this country who can divide the land of Shivaji ?" he said addressing a rally in the predominantly tribal Dhule district.

"I assure you that as long as I am in Delhi, no power in the world can split Maharashtra and also separate Mumbai from Maharashtra," he said.

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The Prime Minister's remarks come against the backdrop of MNS chief Raj Thackeray reportedly accusing Modi of having a "hidden agenda" to split Mumbai from Maharashtra.

The Prime Minister said Maharashtra is the state that has the capability to drive India's growth and Mumbai is central to that.

Slamming Congress for the farmers' suicide in the last 10 years, Modi urged the people to punish the "murderers" of farmers in the October 15 Assembly elections.

"Press on the lotus button on October 15 and make it the liberation day for the state from 15 years of Congress misrule," he said.

Meanwhile the Shiv Sena launched a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he is leaving his work in Delhi to hold rallies in Maharashtra

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The Sena in an editorial in its party mouthpiece Saamna Tuesday also questioned the work done by him for the state after becoming the prime minister.

The Sena also told its estranged ally BJP that frequent visits of the Prime Minister for the campaign was denting the state's coffers.

"The Prime Minister is busy addressing rallies in Maharashtra leaving his work in Delhi. Modi is a tall leader of the BJP but he has been forced to campaign in the state since the BJP has no known faces in Maharashtra," the Sena said.

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If Modi was a "superstar campaigner" as projected by the BJP, he would have appealed to people of the state to vote for his party while sitting in New Delhi, it said.

The Sena also said that the burden of the visits was falling on the state's treasury.

"Whenever the Prime Minister is invited to conduct rallies, many things need to be taken care of. His security and other arrangements need money, the burden of which finally falls on the shoulders of the state treasury.

The Sena also reminded Modi that the BJP had severely criticised Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh when they used the state machineryfor campaign work.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray have been questioning Modi's obsession with Gujarat inspite of him being the prime minister, and they have only given words to what the Shiv Sena felt about him, it further said.

"It does not suit a prime minister to wander from village to village asking for votes.The dignity of the PM's chair should be upheld," the editorial said.

The Sena also questioned the work done by Modi for Maharashtra after becoming the PM, and said it is ironical that BJP has suddenly found love for Maratha warrior king Shivaji.

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