In a major boost to the ongoing agitation for separate Vidarbha, the BJP-led Nagpur Municipal Corporation has passed a resolution supporting statehood to Vidarbha.
Barring three Shiv Sena Corporators, one from MNS and an independent, the house adopted a resolution for a separate Vidarbha for the second time in history, yesterday. The meeting was presided over by city Mayor Archana Dehankar.
Ruling party leader Anil Sole and Girish Vyas moved the two-line resolution, which was seconded by Mayor Dehankar herself, former Mayor Kalpana Pandey and Bandu Raut and was adopted by raising hands.
In 2000 also, the civic body under the BJP with Mayor Vasundhara Masurkar in charge had adopted a similar resolution for creation of separate Vidarbha state.
Though Deputy Mayor Shekhar Sawarbandhe (Sena) did not participate in the proceedings, he registered his protest in writing before commencement of the special general meeting.
The resolution was signed by group leaders of Congress, NCP, Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML), BRP-BMS, RJD, RPI, BSP and others.
The move was welcomed by Vidarbha Rajya Sangram Samiti leaders including city MP Vilas Muttemwar, former MPCC chief Ranjeet Deshmukh and others.