Telangana sparks more Statehood demands across the country
With the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Coordination Committee giving nod to the divide Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana, demands for statehood from several regions of the country backed by political parties have re-emerged, and reluctant State governments are battling new fires.
From where are the demands of separate state coming in India?
The country is witnessing protests demanding creation of separate States from various regions which include:
- West Bengal: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), fighting for a Gorkhaland state.
- Assam: Karbi Anglong state demands have resurfaced. The demand for Bodoland has also re-emerged.
- Uttar Pradesh: Previous government of UP under Mayawati had proposed splitting Uttar Pradesh into Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh, and Paschim Pradesh, and this was ratified by the Assembly.
- Maharashtra: Creation of Vidarbha state is being supported by the BJP. The proposed state corresponds to the eastern 11 districts of the state of Maharashtra.