Raja Bundela to go it alone in UP Assembly polls

Actor-turned-politician Raja Bundela has decided to go it alone in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year.

Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 11:43 AM IST

Lucknow: After parting ways with
Congress, actor-turned-politician Raja Bundela has decided to
go it alone in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year to
pursue his campaign for creation of a separate state of
Bundelkhand.

Bundela, who has applied for registration of a new
political party with the Election Commission, has decided to
field candidates from 37 seats in Bundelkhand region.

"We have applied for registration of a new party with
the Election Commission and hope to announce its name by the
end of this month," Bundela, who has been spearheading a
campaign for creation of a separate Bundelkhand state,
said.

"We plan to contest 37 seats in Bundelkhand and the
election campaign will be projected as a referendum before the
people. It will provide a chance to bring change to the
people, who are fed up of being ignored for years," he said.

Bundela, who also runs Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha,
alleged that all the parties including Congress, SP and BJP
have ignored the region. Therefore, his party would not ally
with any of them.

Asked the reason for parting ways from Congress, he
said, "Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi looked towards
the problems of Bundelkhand region, but later the enthusiasm
fizzled out."

"I asked the leadership to concentrate on the problems
of Bundelkhand region, but they said that there were bigger
problems before the country. After getting this answer I
decided to leave the Congress` hand and fight alone to ensure
justice to the region and its people," he said.

Bundela had contested Lok Sabha election from Jhansi
parliamentary constituency as a Congress nominee in 2004.

But, this time the actor-turned-politician, plans to
contest as an independent.

"A clear ideology is required to contest an election.

People are with me as I have been raising their problems and
they are coming forward to support me," he said.

The BMM president said that they have formed a clear
cut formula for distribution of tickets."We will not give
ticket to any outsider," he said.

Though the objectives of Bundela and expelled SP
leader Amar Singh, who is demanding creation of separate
Poorvanchal state, are same, Bundela says he prefers to
maintain a distance from the former SP leader.

"As our demands are same, a similarity is reflected in
our objectives, but Amar Singh had been a SP leader, who had
caused great loss to Bundelkhand. Among people of the region
his image is still that of a SP leader. Therefore, we will
maintain a distance from him in the state assembly elections,"
he said.

PTI