SAMBALPUR: The supporters of Kosal State have called for Western Odisha bandh on Tuesday. Under the banner of Kosal State Central Co-ordination Committee (KSCCC), they have been demanding separate State comprising 10 districts of Western Odisha besides Athamallik sub-division of Angul district, based on linguistic and cultural affinity.
Chairman of Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) Pramod Mishra said 103 organisations will participate in the bandh. Explaining that Kosal State is a long pending demand, he said it should have been granted along with formation of Telangana. “If State and Central Governments do not look into the genuine demand, we will intensify the agitation,” he said.
Meanwhile, members of the Sambalpur District Bar Association have decided to stay away from the bandh. According to reports from Nuapada, people have not yet received any information regarding the bandh call and there would not be much impact of the bandh there.
Balangir: Balangir unit of Kosal State Coordination Committee took out a motorcycle rally in the town on Monday. Its members called upon the people to participate in the bandh over separate Kosal State demand.
Gopalji Panigrahi of Balangir Action Committee said the fight for Kosal State will continue till the demand is fulfilled by the Government.