It was under the state of ‘Bombay Presidency’ that the entire city fell
under pre independence. This state essentially included princely
states such as Kolhapur, and Baroda and Dangs in Gujarat .It was
Congress leaders such as Sardar Patel, and Jawaharlal Nehru who
felt that Mumbai should remain an ‘autonomous city state’. However,
it was on May 1st 1960, that the state of Bombay was dissolved and
Maharashtra and Gujarat were new states that were born.