Demand for seperate Bundelkhand reignited ahead of assembly polls
Bhopal: The dormant agitation for a separate Bundelkhand state is set to revive ahead of the forthcoming assembly election in the state.
"The region has remained backward even after six decades of independence due to gross negligence by successive governments in the state", said president of the Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha, Mukund Kishore Goswami. Time has come for people of the region to demand their due right, he said during a meeting of the Morcha at the ancient temple town of Orchha in district Tikamgarh the other day.
The participants in the meeting were unanimous that the only option to get rid of the curse of backwardness was formation of a separate state of Bundelkhand.
The movement for separate Bundelkhand state is nearly three decades old. It mostly continued in fits and starts in the absence of strong political will and mass support.
The movement, according to another leader of the Morcha Harimohan Vishwakarma, should be mass- based rather than political because politicians often used it as a platform to boost their own career.
"We will shortly launch public contact drives to bring the locals under one umbrella to demand a separate state" he told DNA.
The separate state envisions 13 districts including seven from the Uttar Pradesh and six in the MP.
The districts in UP include Jhansi, Jalaun, Lalitpur, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda, and Chitrakoot besides Datia, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Panna, Damoh and Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.
Districts such as Morena, Sheopur, Bhind, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, and Narsingpur among others are also considered to be part of the region.
The separate state envisions 13 districts, seven from the Uttar Pradesh and six in the MP