With Telangana fire spreading fast to other states, Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday shot off another letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh demanding creation of separate Purvanchal Pradesh in eastern UP.
Mayawati who had written a letter to Dr Singh on last Friday supporting establishment of Bundelkhand and Western UP states, said that in view of imbalanced development of UP she had earlier demanded a separate Purvanchal state.
Addressing journalists here on Sunday Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shankar Pandey the Chief Minister had drawn the attention of the Prime Minister about the utter backwardness of eastern UP. The chief minister has also reiterated the demand of Rs 80,000 crore special packages for development of state's backward regions.
There is feeling in official circle that Chief Minister's move is largely aimed at pre-empting any law and order problem over the demand for the trifurcation ---Purvanchal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh- of the state. She has pushed the ball in the centre's court to keep the state peaceful.
Purvanchal is consisting of 22 districts in six divisions. Interestingly those demanding Purvanchal have also laid claim on Faizabad and Allahabad divisions because state Purvanchal fund is being spent on these two divisions also.
The Chief Minister said that the centre should take immediate constitutional measures for the creation of the Purvanchal. Mayawati assured the Prime Minister that state assembly would ratify the proposal for Purvanchal as soon the centre decided in its favour.
The state government is of the view that Parliament is empowered about the reorganization of the states with the consent of concerning state. Thus the centre should first take step to be followed by the UP government, she said.
However the Opposition, except the Samajwadi Party- has asked the chief minister to move the proposal in the assembly for the division of the state. The senior RLD leader Munna Singh Chauhan told Hindustan Times "instead of writing letter the government should summon emergency session of state assembly for the ratification of reorganization of the state". The Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari has already supported the demand of trifurcation of the state. But SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury said the UP government had been trying to distract the attention of the people from other issues like rising crimes and massive corruption by such gimmicks.
Referring to her earlier letter (March 15, 2008) to the centre Mayawati said that BSP government was firm on the establishment of separate Purvanchal state. Mayawati said creation of Purvanchal was necessary for good governance and development.
The Chief Minister said that UP was a large state and it was necessary to constitute separate Purvanchal state for better administrative management and to fulfill the aspirations of the people of this area. The Chief Minister has made it clear in the letter that her party government was fully in favour of the demand for separate Purvanchal state.