The demand for the formation of Bundelkhand state has come as a godsend opportunity for the local leaders active in the region.
To cash on the Bundela sentiment they have launched around dozen outfits to take up the case of separate state. Some are even threatening to take to arms if the demand of a separate state wasn’t met. Signature campaigns, marches and agitations are being planned to build pressure on the government.
To stir up Bundela chivalry they plan to paint the area with slogan- ‘Jago Bundela- Utho Bundela’ (Wake up, Bundela - Rise, Bundela).
Be it the Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha, Bundelkhand Ekikirit Party, Bundelkhand Gan Parishda, Bundelkhand Sangharsh Samiti, Bundelkhand Bachao Manch, Bundelkhand Insaf Sena, Bundelkhand Jankranti Sangharsh Samiti, Bundeli Sena and Bundelkhand Ekikaran Samiti - they are all claiming to fight for the cause of separate Bundelkhand state.
The positive overture of the Central Government toward Telengana state and Chief Minister Mayawati letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in support of Bundelkhand state had stirred up these leaders.
They are desperate to take on the street for the cause of Bundelkhand and to have share in the political pie.
The national president of Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha Raja Bundela has already announced to launch the agitation for separate state. He is organising Chitrakoot to Kahuraho march from December 16.
The national convenor of Bundelkhand Ekikirit Party Sanjay Pandey has launched a signature campaign in support of the demand for separate state.
Pandey said the demand of Bundelkhand state is five decade old and we would not rest till the government announces the formation of separate state.
“We would start the movement with Gandhian principle of satyagraha. A massive mass awareness programme would be launched in the region to put pressure on the government to give its approval. If the state government fails to consider our demand we would not hesitate in launching arms struggle”, he said.
The president of Bundekhand Gana Parishad Dr SK Ranjan has also decided to launch an agitation from December 16 in support of separate Bundelkhand state. According to him, the parishad would organize a public meeting in the premises of Tulsi Degree College. It would call upon the youths and students to fight for the cause of separate Bundelkhand, Ranjan said and added that dharna and demonstration would be organized by the parishad on December 29 and 30.
Rakesh Kumar Gupta, the president of Bundelkhand Jankranti Sangharsh Samiti, said both the central and state government were doing mere lip service to the cause of Bundelkhand state.
“The samiti would launch a mass awareness campaign in all the seven districts and call upon the people to fight for the separate state”, he said.