Prime Minister Narendra Modi who stood mum in the entire Andhra Pradesh state division finally voiced his opinion about bifurcation of the states. In an election meeting in Maharashtra, the Prime Minister announced that he will not allow the division of Maharashtra or Uttar Pradesh while he is at the helm.
He said that Congress is spreading wrong rumours about his government planning Maharashtra division. “Without Mumbai there is no Maharashtra and without Maharashtra there is no India”, Modi said. He further flared up the crowd by saying “Is there anyone born who can divide Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Maharashtra?” BJP seemed to have learnt its lesson after gaining no electoral benefit from giving unconditional support to Telangana State formation.
The 288 seat Maharashtra Assembly will go to polls on October 15th. The present hostility between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the end of their 25-year-old partnership, and between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which have called off their 15-year-old ties made the contest more interesting. The results of the elections will be out on October 19th.