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Demand for separate state gains momentum in Odisha

With the clamour for a separate Titlagarh district gaining momentum,the local people have started holding motorcycle rallies, post card campaigns.

Statesman News Service | Bolangir |

With the clamour for a separate Titlagarh district gaining
momentum,the local people have started holding motorcycle rallies, post card
campaigns and postings on social media saying chief minister Naveen Patnaik
should make an announcement to this effect during his visit on Thursday.

Three years ago CM Naveen Patnaik had assured the people
that he would examine the demand and make an announcement. But he has remained
mum for three years and tomorrow when he comes he owes an answer to people of
Titlagarh, said the activists who were on a bike rally to mobilise support. The
Titlagarh zilla kriyanustan committee and the Adivasi Sangh have jointly
mobilised public opinion in favor of a separate Titlagarh district. Presently
it is part of Bolangir district. Though the demand for separate district is not
new , it was revived during the last local body election and the Naveen Patnaik
government had managed to assuage the feelings by hurriedly upgrading the
notified area council to a municipality to defuse the agitation .

“Just when the movement was gaining strength three years ago
the CM upgraded the NAC to a municipality and stalled it by also promising that
the demand for a separate district will be taken in to account” recounted the
residents of Titlagarh town. We will not be befooled again by chief minister Naveen
Patnaik and tomorrow when he visits the region, he has to address the issue,
they said. Some people, though in favor of a separate district as it could
bring changes in these tribal dominated underdeveloped area, are skeptical
about the timing of the Kriyanustan committee led agitation as it appears to be
a pre-panchayat election political stunt The local BJD MLA T Sahu supports the
demand , yet the CM turns deaf, they charged. The chief minister Naveen Patnaik
is scheduled to visit and address public meetings at Papsi and Muribahal , both
of which are under the proposed Titlagarh district area.