Every year May 1 is observed as “Maharashtra Day”. It was on this day (May 1, 1960) the erstwhile Bombay province was divided into two states- namely the state of Gujarat and the state of Maharashtra. The decision was taken under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956. The day is being celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm across the state.
The bifurcation was done on the basis of the language spoken by people. People with their first language as Kutchi and Gujarati, became a part of Gujarat while those with Marathi and Konkani as their first language became a part of Maharashtra.
President Kovind, PM Narendra Modi extend greetings
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed greetings to the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat on their Statehood Day.
“Today, Gujarat and Maharashtra mark their Statehood Days. Both states are home to outstanding people, who have made landmark contributions to national growth. May these states fight COVID-19 successfully and may the people of these states be blessed with good health,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said.
Low-Key celebrations due to pandemic:
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the state opted to celebrate the occasion in a low-key manner. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier in a day visited Hutatma Chowk and paid floral tributes to martyrs who laid down their lives for a unified Maharashtra.
Later, the Chief Minister also raised the national flag at the administrative headquarter of the state government (Mantralaya) in Mumbai.
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