Odisha Sun Times Bureau:
Bhubaneswar, August 25:
The Koshal State Coordination Committee comprising representatives of organisations of 10 districts has called a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Western Odisha towns tomorrow demanding separate state status for Koshal region.
The bandh will be observed in Balangir, Jharsugada, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Bargarh, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
“In 1936 and 1948, the political exponents of Odisha got our land merged with the state through a conspiracy. We are demanding a separate state as per the provisions of Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution,” Koshalbadi leader of Balangir, Pramod Kumar Mishra said in a statement.
Formation of a separate state is the only solution to the problems like regional imbalance, discrimination in education, employment, industrialisation and development, he added.
While schools, colleges and government offices will remain closed, private establishments will down their shutters tomorrow in support of separate state demand, he informed.
On Saturday, activists of Koshal movement took out a motorbike rally at Bargarh from Samalei Temple in the city through Bheden and Chiplima before culminating at the Maa Samalei Temple in Sambalpur to sensitize people for separate state.