Raja Bundela floats new party

After parting ways with Congress, actor-turned-politician Raja Bundela on Saturday formed a new political outfit to fight for a separate state of Bundelkhand.

Lucknow: After parting ways with Congress,
actor-turned-politician Raja Bundela on Saturday formed a new
political outfit to fight for a separate state of Bundelkhand
and announced to contest from 37 seats in the coming Assembly
Elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Bundela, who was associated with the Congress till
last year, said that his party `Bundelkhand Congress` would
have no alliance in the Bundelkhand region and finalise its
candidates on the suggestions of the locals.

He said that though his party would go alone on 37 seats
in the region, it was open to alliance elsewhere in the state.

"Bundelkhand Congress that has been registered with
the Election Commission aims at creation of a separate
Bundelkhad state which was necessary for the growth of the
region as no amount of packages would be of any assistance to
its development," Bundela told newspersons here.

"Around 580 farmers have committed suicide in the region
and this trend continued even after Rahul Gandhi and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh visited the region recently," he said.

He said his party would fight for a separate Bundelkhand
state through Gandhian methods and would resort to `anshan` if
required.

Asked the reason for parting ways from Congress, Bundela
said that it was because Bundelkhand statehood was not on the
agenda of that party.

"We have launched the new party which promises to fight
for the cause of long suffering farmers, women, children and
youth of the region, besides ensuring development of
education, tourism sectors and safeguarding its rich mineral
resources," he added.

PTI