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The Quint: Bundelkhand People Expect The World From Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi visits Bundelkhand, where The Quint talks to the locals about the various problems they face.  

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Divided between two states, the Bundelkhand region is one of the harshest places to be a farmer.

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Locals are busy preparing for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to their region.

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    Bundelkhand the mountainous region blaes two state governemnts for its backwardness. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)
    Bundelkhand the mountainous region blaes two state governemnts for its backwardness. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)
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    The locals are looking for autonomy of the region for development. (Photo Courtesy: the Quint) 
    The locals are looking for autonomy of the region for development. (Photo Courtesy: the Quint) 
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    Hoarding being put in place at Jhansi to welcome Rahul Gandhi. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)
    Hoarding being put in place at Jhansi to welcome Rahul Gandhi. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

Bundelkhand residents allege that they have lost a lot to the fact that their land lies partly in Madhya Pradesh and partly in Uttar Pradesh.

They allege that allocations of funds for their region are often usurped by the respective state governments and the people of this region face lack of job opportunities.

Our region is split between two state and their govts. So the schemes and plans for the region get embroiled in corruption. Either by the UP government or by the MP government
Bhanu Sahay, Activist, Bundelkhand Nirman Morcha

Congress supporters however hope that Rahul’s visit will bring respite from the current situation.

We have high hopes from Rahul Gandhi. When congress was in power, he got MNREGA here. He also got the farmers’ power bills waived off
Hamida Anjum, Activist, Bundelkhand Nirman Morcha

However, everyone does not share the same view.

We don’t need any packages. We used to have 21 vidhan sabha (Assembly) seats which have been reduced by two. Nearly 15 lakh people have left the region. And (how come) Rahul Gandhi remembers Bundelkhand (only) now?
Akhilesh Tiwari Activist, Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha
Local Congress supporters prepare for Rahul arrival in their city. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

The locals believe that separate statehood is the only solution to their problems.

Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam

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Topics:  Rahul Gandhi   Assembly Polls   2017 

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