Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M G Vaidya has said that Maharashtra, among the country’s biggest states by area and population, could be divided into “three to four parts”.

Vaidya was talking to a news channel here on Saturday. He Said, “It is my opinion that if the population of Maharashtra is around 11-12 crore, then it can be divided into three to four parts.”

RSS ideologue M G VaidyaSpread over 307,713 square km, the state is the third-largest in the area after Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Its population of 11.2 crores, as per Census 2011, is the second-highest after Uttar Pradesh‘s 19.9 crores.

Vaidya had expressed the same opinion in 2016 as well, at the time claiming the ideal population of a state was “three crores” and to achieve this, smaller states needed to be formed.

(With inputs from Business Standard)