Intensifying demand for statehood, the Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha (BMM) dismissed 'Mayawati kind of separate statehood' idea. It also announced to move Supreme Court against the Union government over breaching 'Bundelkhand statehood treaty'.
BMM president and Bollywood star, Raaja Bundela while talking to newspersons in Lucknow on Monday said this and also warned: "Any further dilly dallying might make situation turn explosive as peoples' patience in crisis ridden region is fast wearing out."
Bundela said: "Mayawati kind of Bundelkhand would not be acceptable. We won't accept fragmented Bundelkhand comprising only the region's UP districts. We want unified Bundelkhand statehood that straddles both UP and MP."
Bundela said this at a press conference in Lucknow on Monday to announce a 300-kilometre foot march that would pass through both UP and MP regions of Bundelkhand to highlight the demand. The march would begin on Wednesday at Chitrakoot (UP) and end on January 1 in Khajurahoo (MP).
"For three reasons Bundelkhand's case is different from the other statehood demands. One-post-Independence the region had existed as a state and had a chief minister of its own. Second-Thirty-five rulers of princely states of Bundelkhand and Bhaghelkhand had agreed to accede to India with a pre-condition that it would be given statehood-with a common executive, legislature and judiciary to it. Third-It was a state post-Independence for a year. So we are not demanding new statehood, we simply want back the statehood," said Bundela.
Currently the region has three rulers Mayawati (UP chief minister), Shivraj Chauhan (MP CM) and the Union government and no one cares about it. Combined strength of Bundelkhand MLAs in both the states is 47. And they are in tremendous minority against the rest of the MLAs. No one listens to them.
"The region was so neglected and exploited in last over 60 years that today it was under tremendous crisis. Due to lack of education, employment and crisis in agriculture sector, exodus has crosses over 62 per cent. The region has four power plants, but get only eight hours of supply. Rest of its power is diverted to other regions and states," he said.
Bundela warned off violence if the state was not created soon. "Make it a state before people pick up guns. Don't delay statehood to the region the way it was delayed to Jharkhand, which became a festering wound of naxalism by the time it was given statehood. Why can't statehood come to a region on the basis of logics, why is it that it comes only after people pick up guns or burn buses."