Chief Minister Mayawati today supported the demand for the division of Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati said the BSP government was ready for the establishment of separate Bundelkhand and Western UP states.
Even before Telengana fire could reach UP, Mayawati has thus pushed the ball in the Centre’s court. The chief minister said the Centre should allow the state government for division.
Mayawati today shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmoham Singh demanding division of the state. The chief minister said the Congress-led UPA government had allowed the Andhra Pradesh government to initiate process for the establishment of Telengana. Similar approval should also be given to UP government so that proposal could be moved in the state Assembly.
“As soon as we get the nod from the centre, motion would come in the House”, Mayawati said, adding division of the state was necessary for good governance and balanced development. Mayawati said she was in favour of formation of Poorvanchal state also. But the demand should come from the people.
Of the 12 districts of Bundelkhand seven are in UP and five in Madhya Pradesh. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) demanding Harit Pradesh in western UP has laid claim on 23 districts, including areas of Roohelkhand comprising Barielly and Moradabad divisions.
The chief minister said in view of vast geographical area and population, UP was too big for proper governance. Mayawati recalled she had written similar letter to Prime Minister in March 2008. At a public rally in October 2007 the BSP had extended support for Bundelkhand and Western UP state.
The chief minister had also told the state assembly on October 31, 2007 that Parliament had power for the reorganization of the states and it should take step in this connection. The chief minister however appealed to the people to maintain law and order while effectively raising their demand to the centre.
While Congress and BJP are in favour of division, the Samajwadi Party has been opposing the move. The Congress legislature party chief Pramod Tiwari said the party was in favour of trifurcation—Bundelkhand, Harit Pradesh, Poorvanchal- of the state. The BJP said the state government should bring motion in the House. But the SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury said the party would oppose any such move. He said small states were not viable units.