Bundelkhand issue set to reach SC

Bundelkhand issue set to reach SC

“The Morcha is contemplating to move a public interest litigation in the apex court against the Centre and the UP government for not honouring a 1949 treaty, which provided for a separate state of Bundelkhand,” actor-turned-politician Raja Bundela, who heads the Morcha told reporters here.

Bundela claimed that the 1949 treaty signed between 35 erstwhile rulers of Bundelkhand and Vapal Pangunni Menon, the then secretary to the Government of India, stated that all the rulers of Bundelkhand states were willing to merge their kingdoms into one for the welfare of the people.

The Centre was a signatory to the treaty yet it has not been honoured for almost 60 years. This treaty proves that our demand for Bundelkhand was not new and had already been accepted in principle by the Government of India, he said.

“I have sought details of the treaty under theRTI Act from the Centre and after receiving the documents, will move the Supreme Court for early creation of the Bundelkhand comprising of 7 districts of UP and 8 districts of MP,” Bundela said.

Bundela, who is embarking on a Chitrakoot-to-Khajuraho yatra from Wednesday to create an awareness on the need for a Bundelkhand state, said at preset Bundelkhand was being ruled by three different parties — BSP, BJP and Centre — having different ideologies.