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Demand of Kosal State gains momentum

Following report is from The Pioneer:

The demand for a separate Kosal State got louder with the Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) having organised a huge rally and meeting before the Collectorate here on Saturday, attended by delegates from eleven districts of western Odisha.

“The people have gathered here to protest against their continuous exploitation by the successive Governments at Bhubaneswar, and Kosali, not Odia is our mother tongue as well as language of the region,” observed KKD president Pramod Mishra.

All those anti-Kosal forces making capital of the resources of this region would be ousted from here by 2014. This is a token strike and protest by the people of the Kosal region and there would be many more such rallies in future. A separate Kosal State is the only solution to the problem, Mishra said further.

Condemning the reported move of the Government to mine bauxite in the Gandhmardan hills, Sajjan Kumar said the mining would destroy the precious flora and fauna of that area besides damaging the ecology beyond repair.

He called upon the KKD activists to save Gandhmardarn and save the ecology as the next 50 years would be crucial for mankind, as the deteriorating environment is going to bring damages to the earth.

He also called upon the people to reject the political party tickets and rather file nominations as KKD candidates and work for formation of a separate Kosal State.

“We would not allow lifting of kendu leaves, coal and other minerals from this region,” observed Baidyanath Mishra.

Protesting against the continuous economic exploitation of this region by the outsiders, a bandh will be observed in the 11 Kosal districts on March 31, Mishra announced.

The culture and language of the region is one of the best in the world and no political parties have worked for promotion of the Kosali Language, observed Goreknath Sahu and presented a film CD on Kosali to Pramod Mishra.

Eminent Kosali poet Haldhar Nag recited a poem in praise of the Kosal land.

Earlier, a massive rally from the Kosal Kalamandal was taken out through the town.

The KKD leaders submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister through the District Collector demanding a separate Kosal State.

February 27, 2011 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Koshal Chad Maha Samabesh (Quit Koshal mega convention) from April First

Following is a report from

SAMBALPUR: Members of the Koshal Kranti Dal (KKD) have resolved to hold Koshal Chad Maha Samabesh (Quit Koshal mega convention) on the lines of Quit India Movement on April 1 at Sambalpur town demanding separate Koshal state.

Speaking to mediapersons yesterday, KKD president Pramod Mishra said similar conventions will be held across the region to intensify the stir. Mishra also threatened to oppose exhibition of Oriya films, operas, CDs, literature and imposition of Oriya culture in the region. Castigating the industries in the region for initiating development activities in other parts of Orissa rather than in the area, he warned the industrial houses to quit the region by 2014 if they don’t rally behind separate state demand.

He also advised the peoples’ representatives to change their attitude for the sake of motherland and asked them to raise the separate state issue in both Assembly and Parliament. Disclosing that many politicians cutting across party lines have evinced interest in joining KKD, Mishra said that inhabitants of Koraput, Phulbani, Nabrangpur and Rayagada have also expressed their desire to join the proposed Koshal state. He even asked the people to enrol their mother tongue as ‘Koshali language’ during the census process and urged them to join the movement.

March 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm 7 comments

Koshal State at any cost, claim activists

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Activists of the Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) on Sunday held rail roko all over western Odisha to press their demand for a separate State of Kosal comprising the western districts and Baudh and Athmallik.

Train services were severely affected and passengers were thrown into immense troubles, railway sources said. The activists totally stopped the goods trains everywhere, it added.

“By this, we warn both State and Centre to take an immediate decision for a Kosal State without which the development of this region would be totally impossible,” said president of Sambalpur district unit of KKD Upendra Mahapatra.

The KKD activists also stopped trains at Balangir, Kesinga and Rourkela stations. “We will have a State at any cost for the freedom of this region from Odisha,” said party president Pramod Mishra. He also strongly criticised the coastal region leaders for their ‘step-motherly’ attitude towards the western region.

January 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Koshal activists stage rail roko in Balangir, demand separate State

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Demanding formation of a separate Kosal State, members of Kosal Kranti Dal and All Kosal Students’ Union led by president of Kosal Kranti Dal Promod Mishra, Dolamani Pradhan and others staged a rail roko at Balangir railway station on Sunday morning.

The activists demonstrated and stopped two trains, Sambalpur-Rayagada Tapaswini Express and Raipur-Kantabanji-Bilaspur Passenger, for around two hours.

At different places in western Odisha namely Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir and other places, the Kosal Kranti Dal organised rail roko on Sunday to press for the demand for a separate Kosal State. Amongst the demand for separate States all over the country like Gorkhaland, Vidarbha and other smaller States, there is enough social, political, cultural and economic justification for formation of a separate Kosal State, the agitators said.

We were forced to merge with Odisha in 1948. What this region has got after 60 years of merger? Only acute poverty and backwardness, pointed out Pramod Mishra, president of Kosal Kranti Dal.

We would also launch an economic blockade and western Odisha bandh in forthcoming days, informed Mishra.

Like in the Telangana State issue, all the elected representatives of this region should join this movement. If the political representatives of Telangana region could offer their resignation, why the same cannot be expected from representatives of this region, Mishra expressed further.

This rail roko would convey the people’s demand for formation of a separate Kosal State to the State Government of Orissa as well as Government of India. In the forthcoming days, our agitation would be intensified further, said secretary of All Kosal Students’ Union Dolamani Pradhan.

Two platoons of police were deployed and 53 Kosal Dal activists were taken into custody, informed Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Srikant Mishra to The Pioneer over phone.

January 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Demonstration held for separate Koshal State in Odisha

Following is a report from The Hindu:

BHUBANESWAR: Hundreds of people from western Orissa here on Wednesday staged a demonstration demanding separate Koshal State by carving out 11 districts and one sub-division from Orissa.

Encouraged by Union government’s approval to separate Telangana State recently, agitators under the banner of Koshal Kranti Dal (KKD) submitted a memorandum addressing the Governor in support of a separate State.

“Economically, Koshal region has richest deposit of minerals like coal, bauxite, mica, iron ore, lime, phosphorous, manganese and has potential rivers including Mahanadi, Tel, Suktel, Ong, Indravati and vast hydro electricity ability,” said KDD president Pramod Mishra here. He said the region was endowed with richest forest wealth and Gandhamardan mountain.

January 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Campaign for Koshal state intensifies in Orissa

Following is a report from

BALANGIR: Koshal Kranti Dal (KKD) has intensified its campaign for a separate Koshal state. The KKD has even roped in students as a rallying point for the cause. 

As many as 500 activists were arrested today across western Orissa while staging rail rokos. In Balangir alone around 160 activists were arrested while three trains were stopped. The members of KKD and All Koshal Student Union (AKSU) participated in the rail roko.  

On Friday, the AKSU activists had burnt Planning and Co-ordination Minister A U Singhdeo and WODC chairman Niranjan Panda in effigies for reportedly speaking against Koshal state demand. Pramod Mishra, president of KKD, said, ‘’We are trying to bring the movement to its logical conclusion. All our activists are now ready to intensify the struggle and we are going to gain mass support soon.” Justifying the stance, Mishra said the Ghadei Commission admitted that western Orissa was neglected for which WODC was formed. If the commission admitted neglect of western Orissa, then what is wrong in demanding a separate state? he argued.  

“This is not a political stunt nor is the movement personality-centric. For the development of this region, a separate state is the need of the hour,” asserted Mishra.  

SAMBALPUR: The KKD activists led by Sambalpur district KKD president Upendra Mohapatra staged a rail roko at Sambalpur Road Railway Station today. The impasse ended after police personnel detained the activists.  

Similarly, a rail roko was also staged in Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Kesinga and Boinda railway stations disrupting movement of trains. 

Earlier, KKD had threatened to launch a series of agitations across western Orissa seeking Koshal state.  

The KKD has called western Orissa bandh in the last week of January and a series of NH blockades across the region in February. 

January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Strike seeking separate Koshal state hits rail services in Orissa

Following is a report by IANS and taken from

January 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

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