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Telangana fallout: Vidarbha, Gorkhaland statehood demands intensify

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Jul 31, 2013 at 11:40am IST

New Delhi: As a fallout of the Telangana decision by the Congress, pro-Vidarbha activists have called for rallies in Delhi and Vidarbha region in Maharashtra on August 5. "I have sent a letter to the Congress President as it was her promise that whenever there is a consideration on Telangana, there will be a consideration on Vidarbha too. So, I just wanted to remind her that our demand is more genuine and an emotional one, said Vilas Muttemwar, a Congress leader from Nagpur.

Another uprising is on in the Darjeeling hills where the demand is to carve out a Gorkhaland from West Bengal. Gorkhaland activists are holding a 72-hour bandh during which angry street protests were witnessed in the region on Tuesday. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung has resigned as the head of the Gorkha territorial administration. The Morcha will be calling for an indefinite bandh in the hills from Saturday onwards. "I am resigning from the post of the chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration because it wasn't allowed to fuction properly and there was a lot of government interference," Gurung said.

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Targeting the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee again alleged it was trying to interfere in the affairs of the state through its agencies and reiterated that there was a conspiracy to dismiss her government, which was running well.

She wrote on her Facebook page, "Telangana cannot be compared with Darjeeling. When everything is settled, why Delhi is insisting to disrupt peaceful situation and play with fire? It is reported that Delhi has directed the GTA persons to go in for a separatist movement. Darjeeling is a part and parcel of our state. We are united and we will remain united. Any conspiracy hatched by a political party and Union Government will be defeated by the people of Darjeeling and West Bengal."

The call for splitting a part of Uttar Pradesh into Harit Pradesh and Bundelkhand has also come up yet again after the Telangana statehood clearance. "Taking inspiration from the people of Telangana, our fight for Harit Pradesh will continue," said RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary.

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