Centre’s announcement triggers spate of demands for separate States
The Manmohan Singh government’s move to initiate the process for a separate Telangana has triggered a fresh round of similar demands from different regions.
The first to voice the demand on Thursday was the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which announced a four-day bandh in Darjeeling from Monday, to press for a separate Gorkhaland.
GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri was quoted by PTI as having said that since Telangana had been approved by the Centre, the Gorkhaland should be carved out of West Bengal. The demand comes ahead of the talks among the Centre, the West Bengal government and the GJM scheduled to begin in Darjeeling on December 21.
Earlier this week, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh once again articulated the need for carving out a Harit Pradesh from the western part of Uttar Pradesh. He has consistently been raising the issue. Several such requests have been made to the Centre over the years. These include formation of Rohilkhand, Bundelkhand, Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh, Coorg in Karnataka and Vidharbha in Maharasthra.
Unlike the others, the Bundelkhand demand involves two States — Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Recently, the Union government cleared a special economic package for the region to address the issues of development.