Andhra Pradesh is well on its way to becoming two States, but not without
infusing fresh vigour to a demand for another State in a region faraway. The
issue in question is carving out a Bundelkhand State from Uttar Pradesh and
Nowhere will it find more resonance than in the Jhansi-Lalitpur constituency
as the campaign picks up for the April 30 election. Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba,
Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot are the districts Uttar Pradesh will lose if the
new State were to be formed. Datia, Tikamgarh, Chhattarpur, Panna, Sagar and
Damoh will be from Madhya Pradesh’s account.
While the Samajwadi Party has always been opposed to the demand, other major
political parties are confused about whether or not to support it.
Raja Bundela, actor-turned-politician, had been the face of the Bundelkhand
movement until he went back to Mumbai almost giving up the dream following the
defeat of his party, Bundelkhand Congress, in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly
election. He now believes that if the Bharatiya Janata Party, a champion of
small States, comes to power at the Centre, Bundelkhand will be born.
But the party candidate in the constituency, Uma Bharti, maintains that
development rather than division should be the priority. Ms. Bharti finds
formation of Bundelkhand a difficult task since two States will have to be
divided. The demand should, instead, be sent to a new States Reorganisation
Commission, she says.
Mr. Bundela, now with the BJP and a supporter of its prime ministerial
candidate, Narendra Modi, told The Hindu that he would return to Jhansi in the
coming days. “After Telangana, [creation of] Bundelkhand appears easier, as do
Poorvanchal and Vidarbha,” he told The Hindu from Mumbai.
Many in the region, irrespective of their political affiliations, share his
“It is a fact that smaller States are better governed, and Bundelkhand will
improve governance and development in the region,” says Hargobind Yadav, farmer
and former Pradhan of Bhojla village in Babina, who is close to Chanderpal Singh
Yadav, Samajwadi Party candidate.
Courtesy : The Hindu