Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday floated the All India Lok Manch (AILM) to fight for the formation of a separate Poorvanchal state in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing journalists in Lucknow on Wednesday Singh said struggle for establishment of a separate Poorvanchal state would be intensified under the banner of the Manch.
Before the 2012 state assembly election the Manch has also planned to release a film Dhoka depicting the plight of the eastern UP.
While claiming that AILM was a "non-political" platform for the cause of the Poorvanchal, Singh also released its Red-White-Green stripped flag with his own picture on it. Adoption of a flag has given ample indication that finally the Manch would turn into a political party by 2012.
Singh, who has now decided to stay in Lucknow for ten days (1 to 5 and 15 to 20) every month, said Obaidullah Khan Azmi would be the Manch's national working president.
He also appointed film actor Sanjay Dutt as the secretary general and Jaya Prada as the vice president. The Bhojpuri singer, who has planned the film Dhoka in Bhojpuri, would head the culture cell.
"Dhoka depicts two characters - Chaalloo Prasad and Taalloo Prasad - to expose the exploitation of eastern UP," Singh said, adding the film would be rolled out before next assembly election.
The move is aimed at garnering support of the people through the emotional film at the time of the election. The Manch has also been making efforts to mobilize support of smaller parties in the region.
Amar Singh had extended support to Peace Party of Dr Ayub Ansari in Dumariaganj assembly by-election, which pushed SP to fourth place.
Spread over in an area of 87000 sq km Poorvanchal returns 28 MPs and 147 MLAs.
Singh said the region was a picture of utter neglect. The Manch has planned Sandesh Yatra in August and Poorvanchal Vikas Yatra in December.
"The resources of Poorvanchal are being used from Saifai (Mulayam Singh Yadav's village) to Badalpur (Mayawati's village)," Singh sarcastically said and added "Poorvanchal's Bhaiyya would no longer be underdog".
The Manch has planned to open computer centers in all 27 districts to train the local youth.
Singh however said along with Poorvanchal he would also continue fight for separate Bundelkhand, Paschimanchal (western UP), Telangana, Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.