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50 states-India: Home ministry receives more demands

50 states-India: Home ministry receives more demands

New Delhi: India may have at least 50 states in future if demands for new states are to be conceded as the Home Ministry has received representations for creation of more than 20 states.

The demands for separate states have come from across the country—for Kukiland in Manipur to Kongu Nadu in Tamil Nadu, for Kamatapur in North Bengal to Tulu Nadu in Karnataka. However, except Uttar Pradesh, which during the Mayawati-led BSP government proposed to create four states dividing the country’s most populous state, no state government had given any recommendation for carving out a new state. But the demands continue to pour in.

“The demands for creation of separate states were received by the Home Ministry through representations from various organisations or individuals over the years,” a Home Ministry official said.

The demands for separate states are: In Uttar Pradesh, there have been demands for Awadh Pradesh, Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Pachimanchal or Harit Pradesh. There is also demand for creation of a Braj Pradesh, consisting of Agra division and Aligarh division of Uttar Pradesh and districts of Bharatpur and Gwalior from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

A demand for creation of Bhojpur comprising areas of eastern UP, Bihar and Chhattisgarh has also been received by the Home Ministry.

There has been an old demand for creation of a separate Vidarbha by curving out the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

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