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No new states for now, says home minister

Demands for creation of new states cannot be ‘considered immediately’, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said in response to a question on the status of such proposals in the wake of the Telangana decision.

‘Many states are requesting separation... in Maharashtra there is (the demand for) Vidarbha, in West Bengal, there is a call for a separate Darjeeling and Gorkhaland, in Uttar Pradesh, there is a (demand for) four states.

‘There have been demands... (but) they cannot be considered immediately. As and when it is needed, we will consider (them),’ Shinde told reporters here.

According to official data, demands for separate states have come from across the country for Kukiland in Manipur to Kongu Nadu in Tamil Nadu and for Kamtapur in North Bengal to Tulu Nadu in Karnataka.
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