Demand for state in Orissa too
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.