Rally demands a separate Koshal State on Orissa Day

December 23, 2009 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Following content is taken from http://kalingatimes.com:

As Orissa celebrated its foundation day on Sunday, hundreds of people from the western region of the State held a rally in the Capital city demanding creation of a separate Koshal State.

Raising slogans against the alleged neglect of the region by the Orissa Government, the activists demanded formation of a separate Koshal State and grant of Constitutional status to Koshali language.

The rally was organised under the banner of Koshali Ekta Manch. The people who participated in the rally came from several districts in the western region of the State including Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Kalahandi and Jharsuguda.

The activists alleged that those haling from the western region of the State were being treated as second-class citizens.

The region, which was merged with Orissa on April 1, 1936, had been made victim of regional imbalance. Hunger deaths, child sale, migration and distress sale of paddy had lowered the region’s status.

In a statement, the Manch president Pramod Kumar Mishra alleged that the language and culture of the region had not been given due recognition till date. The region was also kept backward with regard to education, health and road connectivity, he alleged.

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Entry filed under: Demand by political parties, Demand by politicians, Demand of Koshal state, Why a separate Koshal state in India?.

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