Koshal State Coordination Committee has called on for a bandh on 26th August demanding separate Koshal state. Shops, government and private establishments, schools and colleges everything will be closed.
The agitators have decided to stop movement of trains at some stations. The bandh will be observed in Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Rourkela, Bargarh, Deogarh, Subarnapur, Nuapada and Kalahandi.
The bandh call has been given by the KSCC comprising representatives of organizations of 10 western Odisha districts.
“In 1936 and 1948, the political leaders of Odisha got our land merged with the state through a conspiracy. We are demanding a separate state as per the provisions of Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution,” Pramod Kumar Mishra, leader of the Koshal movement said in a statement.
He had added, formation of a separate state is the only solution to the problems like regional imbalance, discrimination in education, employment, industrialization and development.