Raja Bundela to go it alone in UP Assembly polls

Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, April 22: 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, told PTI.

"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.


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