Kirti Azad demands Mithila state just ahead of Bihar assembly polls

Patna: Former Indian cricketer-turned-BJP MP Kirti Azad on Saturday demanded a separate Mithila state for Maithili speaking people, just ahead of Bihar assembly polls.

Former Indian cricketer -turned-BJP MP Kirti Azad
Former Indian cricketer -turned-BJP MP Kirti Azad

“Mithila should be a separate state if not a separate country,” he said, adding he and other like-minded people will raise this issue in parliament to fulfil the old dream of a separate state for Maithili Maithili speaking people comprising over a dozen districts of north Bihar, where the language is spoken.

He demanded separate statehood for Mithila region of north Bihar on linguistic basis.

With upcoming Bihar assembly polls not far away, the demand for creation of Mithila state is set to become an issue.

Political observers say , “Azad pressed for separate Mithila state on the eve of Bihar assembly elections because he feels that this is the right time to do so.”

The population of the Mithila region is 40 million and it elects 22 MPs and 126 legislators to the 243-member Bihar assembly.

Bihar has Maithili speaking dominated 24 districts out of 38, i.e. Vaishali, Muzzafarpur, Sitamarhi, Shivhar, Betiah, Motihari, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Samastipur, Munger, Begusarai, Khagaria, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar, Araria, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur and Banka.

Since 2000, when Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, the Maithili and Bhojpuri-speaking people have been demanding separate states for their communities and the Union Home Ministry also confirmed their agitation for separate Mithila state.