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Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Mishra said the demand for a separate State was closely linked to the question of the survival and self-respect of the people of the region.
The western region of the State remained backward as those in power at Bhubaneswar making no attempt to improve the situation, he alleged. Asked about his party's stand, Mr. Mishra said the idea of small States was on the agenda of the BJP. "I think there has not been any change in the stand," he said.
Mr. Mishra, who took out a "rath yatra" from October 5 to 14 through 10 district headquarters in the region to mobilise people for formation of the "Koshal Rajya", said the movement would now be consolidated by organising rallies and public meetings.
The "rath yatra" had agitated the ruling Biju Janata Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition with the Chief Minister and BJD president, Naveen Patnaik, saying that under no circumstance would a division of the State be allowed.
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