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Demand for Bundelkhand State

In the early 1950s, when the States Reorganisation Commission got to work, a demand for a Bundelkhand state was put forward, but the demand was not heeded.

Most of Bundelkhand's princely states eventually became part of Madhya Pradesh, while the parts that had been directly ruled by the British, became part of UP.

However, the demand for a separate state did not die down entirely.  A 'Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha' was founded in Naigaon (Chhatarpur) in the 1990s ; the office was later shifted to Jhansi. Its demand was for a separate state comprising seven districts that are recognised as UP Bundelkhand (see Geographical Profile of Bundelkhand) and around 14 districts of MP.

The Morcha's demand was generally ignored by major political parties and it had no representation in either state assembly or Parliament. Other fronts also emerged to demand a separate state, but had little impact.

The demand for a separate Bundelkhand state was unexpectedly voiced by BSP leader Mayawati  after she became UP chief minister with a clear majority in 2007 (the demand was not part of the party's election manifesto).

But till date no real progress has been made on the issue.

It appears that 'Bundelkhand state' mooted by Mayawati will comprise only the seven districts of UP. During the 2008 state assembly elections in MP, statehood for Bundelkhand was not an electoral issue at all.

 

| Early History | Chandela Period | Khangars and Early Bundelas | Bundelas and Mughals | Gond Kingdom | Maharaj Chhatrasal | Entry of Marathas | Entry of British | 1857 Revolt | British Rule | Freedom Movement | Bundelkhand State? | Hold of Dacoits |

 
History
> Early History
> Chandela Period
> Khangars and Early Bundelas
> Bundelas and Mughals
> Gond Kingdom
> Maharaj Chhatrasal
> Entry of Marathas
> Entry of British
> 1857 Revolt
> British Rule
> Freedom Movement
> Bundelkhand State?
> Hold of Dacoits