New Delhi: The list of demands for a separate state in the country is getting longer. After Telengana, Gorkhaland, Vidarbha and Poorvanchal, people from Mithilanchal – a belt comprising some area in Bihar and Jharkhand where people speak Maithili – have demanded separate statehood for their region on linguistic basis.

A large number of people under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Mithla Rajya Sangharsh Samiti (ABMRSS) staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Monday to press for their demand of a separate state of Mithilanchal, constituting 24 districts from Bihar and six districts from Jharkhand.

The agitators courted arrest and also submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in this regard.

Some of the major politicians from the state led the demonstration. BJP MP Kirti Azad, JD (U) MP Maheshwari Hazari, former minister of Bihar Shamaile Nabi, Congress state Vice president, Kripanath Pathak among others joined the protest.

The president of the Samiti, Dr Baidynath Chaudhray said the committee is struggling for a separate state for the last 35 years. “It was due to our constant struggle that the Parliament included Maithili language in the Eighth Schedule in December 2003 and former Prime Minister Atal Bihrai Vajpayee ordered to include Maithili language in the Union Public Service Commission exams,” said Chaudhary.

The protesting leaders asserted that only a separate statehood could ensure the development of the region, which is affected by famine and flood every year.

In the memorandum submitted by samiti, it was mentioned that the new state should include 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 districts of Bihar and Dumka, Deoghar, Pakur, Sahebganj, Khunti and Godda districts of Jharkhand.