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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 http://www.expressbuzz.com:

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 http://www.thaindian.com:

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

Koshal movement:A debate in OTV

http://www.orissatv.com/specialShow.asp?glink=3&video=janamancha

December 30, 2009 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

KKD submits memorandum to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Koshal state

Following article is from webINDIA123.com:

Rourkela | Koshal Kranti Dal (KKD), a regional political outfit, today demanded the Centre to carve out a new state out of Orissa.

In a memorandum to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, KKD General Secretary Baidyanath Mishra said the state-Koshal- should comprise 12 districts, Athmalik subdivision of Anugul district and Kasipur block of Rayagada district. The memorandum was submitted to the Union Minister through the ADM Rourkela.

 The districts which the KKD demanded to form the Koshal state were–Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarha, Subarnapur, Sambalpur, Boudh, Deogarha, Jharsugura, Sundergarh, Phulbani and Nabarangpur. Mr Mishra said the inhabitants of these areas had been demanding the formation of the state under Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution.

The memorandum also demanded the inclusion of Koshali dialect in the eighth schedule of the Constitution. Earlier, supporters of the KKD held a demonstration in front of the ADM office here in support of their demand and burnt Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in effigy. — (UNI) — 18CA38.xml

Organisations demanding bifurcation of Orissa and creation of a new state of Kosala consisting mostly of western districts have decided to launch their agitation afresh following the recent developments in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh over Telangana issue. 
 
These organisations have already chalked out a series of programmes to press for their more than a decade-and-half-year-old demand. “To begin with, we will be holding a dharna in front of the Governor’s house in Bhubaneswar on December 23 which will be followed by other programmes,” said P K Mishra of Kosala Kranti Dal.

Stating that there will be road blockades and bar on economic activities in the western Orissa districts over the issue in the coming days, he said, the students of the schools, colleges and other educational institutions had already been appealed to join in the proposed agitation.

Though different organisations in western Orissa have been demanding Kosala state for more than fifteen years now, successive governments in Bhubaneswar had never taken them seriously claiming that they(the organisations) had no public support behind them.

December 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Demonstration held for separate Koshal State

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.

December 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Statehood demand for Koshal gains momentum

Following is a report from http://naxatranews.com: Orissa’s regional party Kosal Kranti Dal Wednesday carried out a peaceful demonstration here to press for a separate Kosal state comprising 11 districts of Orissa. More than 1,000 activists of KKD participated in the demonstration.
 

Holding poster, banners and placards, the activists gathered near the state assembly building and marched on a the streets of state capital.“Over 1,000 people staged a peaceful demonstration,” police officer said.A number of speakers addressed the rally and highlighted how their region was neglected by both state and central governments.

“We have separate Kosali language. Our culture and traditions are different. Our regions are the poorest in India despite having huge mineral and forest wealth,” party head Pramod Mishra said in his address.

The Kosala Kranti Dal wants a new state comprising the districts of Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Koraput, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundergarh.

“Only a separate Kosal state can improve the condition of our people,” he added.

It is to be noted that the demand for separate state of Kosal picked momentum in Orissa after the central government decided for creation of separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

 

December 25, 2009 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

Kosal Kranti Dal stages protest for separate Koshal state

Following is a report from The Statesman:

BHUBANESWAR, 23 DEC: The Kosal Kranti Dal, an outfit demanding formation of a separate Kosal state with the 11 existing districts of Kalahandi, Nawapara,  Bolangir,  Bargarh, Sambalpur,  Boudh,  Deogarh,  Jharsuguda, Phulbani,  Sundergarh,  Nawarangpur,  Subarnapur and the Athmallik sub-division staged a dharna here today.

Castigating the state government and chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik for widening the gap between coastal and western Orissa and increasing the regional disparity, leaders of the party who had come from western parts of the state warned of an agitation in line with Telegana.

“Be it world class universities, IIT, regional centre of AIIMS, National Law University or any other project, Mr Patnaik has acted like his predecessors and located everything in the coastal belt,” charged a protestor. It is a matter of shame that child sale, hunger death, lowest literacy and lowest per capital income as well as expenditure is recorded in western parts of the state. The more recent notoriety earned by these districts is that of farmer suicide and death in police firing, he charged.

The Western Orissa Development Council ( WODC), formed to uplift the region and overcome the regional imbalance, has been reduced to a joke. Its headquarters is in Bhubaneswar and the Council is a puppet organisation, they alleged.

In a memorandum to the Governor, the Kosal Kranti Dal said disparities have grown due to continued neglect and misadministration. The demand for a separate state of Kosal Pradesh with a separate Assembly, secretariat and High Court is the only solution to the problem of backwardness as the region has all the requisite natural resources to develop. It has a distinct language and culture, noted the memorandum.

The protest dharna was led by party president Mr PK Mishra. Leaders of the party ~ Mr Narendra Hota, Mr Jagannath Mund, Mr Upendra Mohapatra, Mr PC Naik, Mr Gajendra Meher, Ms Minakshi Majhi addressed the protestors exhorting them to launch a mass movement for separate statehood.

December 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Chorus for a separate Koshal state gets louder in Orissa

Following is a report from The Asian Age:

Age Correspondent, Bhubaneswar

Dec. 23: The demand for a separate Kosala state, carved out of Orissa, on Wednesday grew louder with its protagonists holding a massive rally here in a show of strength.

This seen here as a fall out of the recent decision by the Centre to concede to the demand for separate Telengana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

The Kosala Kranti Dal (KKD), which has been spearheading the movement for a separate state covering at least 11 districts in western Orissa for the past three decades, chose to stage the demonstration in support of its demand at the state capital itself apparently to give a challenge to the Orissa administration led by chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

December 24, 2009 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

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