Congress MLA Surendra Singh Bhoi staged a dharna in the well of the House on Thursday demanding declaration of Titlagarh as a separate district.
As soon as the question hour started, Bhoi rushed to the well and sat on a dharna. He returned to his seat on the request of Speaker Pradip Amat and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das. Raising the issue during zero hour, Bhoi demanded that the State Government should invite leaders of Action Committee for Titlagarh district which is spearheading the agitation for a discussion on the issue.
Bhoi said while the Government has created districts having smaller areas, Titlagarh sub-division has five blocks and two notified area councils.
He further said people of Titlagarh had boycotted the urban local body (ULB) elections with the slogan ‘no district, no vote’ and added that the agitation will be intensified in the coming days if the Government fails to take a decision now.
Supporting the demand, Santosh Singh Saluja (Congress) said people of Kantabanji also support the demand for Titlagarh district and demanded that Kantabanji should be made a sub-division in Titlagarh district.