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Congressmen demand separate Purvanchal, Bundelkhand States

GORAKHPUR, MARCH 6. The Congressmen attending the second Leadership Development Camp organised by the party here have demanded the creation of separate States of Purvanchal and Bundelkhand from Uttar Pradesh.

The demand was raised by most of the delegates who attended the 90 minute interactive session of the camp held last evening.

They said U.P. is a big State and therefore it was difficult to run it politically, administratively and on a smooth developmental pace. Therefore, they stressed on the necessity to form separate Purvanchal and Bundelkhand States.

Incidentally, the demand for a separate Bundelkhand State had also been raised by the Congressmen during the party's first leadership development camp held in Chitrakoot, in the Bundelkhand area of the State, recently.

The delegates also quoted the experts who during the course of discussions and sessions yesterday had admitted that it was difficult to run a big State like U.P.

They also expressed the view that the Congress should take the lead in launching an agitation for the creation of these two States.

This would in turn help the party to re-establish its roots in the villages where the people were longing for development, they said.

The participants claimed that out of the 18 crore population of U.P., seven crore people alone resided in the Purvanchal (eastern) region of the State. These people were the most ignored and the area was the most backward one in the State, they expressed.

The 10 groups comprising 35 delegates each were given names after senior Congress leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi and other senior leaders. The camp was different from the earlier one in the sense that this time the groups were without any `inspector' or leader.

"We have left it to the group to select its leader without appointing any inspector on the suggestions made by Rahul Gandhi', U.P. Congress chief Salman Khurshid had yesterday said. "Selecting their own leaders would give the delegates an opportunity to show their leadership quality," Rahul Gandhi had earlier told the Congress leaders organising this programme.

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