New Delhi: At a time when the Congress is highly likely to announce a separate state of Telangana, Darjeeling is also witnessing a 72-hour bandh by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha over its demand for a separate Gorkhaland. The question is whether the declaration of Telangana as a separate state will bring back the demands for more such states to the fore.
This reservation was expressed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday. "States cannot be formed one by one. We should constitute a States Re-organisation Committee and let them do this work. I am not in the favor of Telangana. This is setting a wrong precedent," Omar said.
Meanwhile, the demand for Vidarbha is also growing in Maharashtra. Talking to CNN-IBN, Congress leader from the region Vilas Muttemwar said that the declaration of Telangana as a separate state will bring fresh hope for Vidarbha too. "Now there is hope, for the first time the Congress is going to announce a separate state and we are hopeful. The demand for Vidarbha is older and stronger," he said.
"Congress President has promised that whenever there is any consideration on Telangana, there will be consideration of Vidarbha also. It is a demand on the basis of governance," he added.
When asked whether Telangana will lead to many such demands, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said, "When such a big decision is taken, there are bound to be repercussions. I'm sure high command has thought of something."
Other such demands that are pending are:
The Assam government signed the agreement for a Bodoland Territorial Council in 2003 and Hagrama Mohillary was sworn in as Chief of the 46-member council
Demands for a separate state of Harit Pradesh to be carved out of western Uttar Pradesh made by the RLD. The SP is opposed to the demand.
Since several Indian states were made on the basis of language, there is a demand that Mithila should also be recognised with Darbhanga as capital. There are 24 Maithili speaking districts in Bihar and six in Jharkhand.
BSP chief Mayawati had proposed a separate Purvanchal state with Awadhi, Bhojpuri and Baghelkhand regions.
The movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland gained momentum during the 1980s.