In accordance with chief minister Mayawati’s plan and to the displeasure of the opposition, the UP assembly on Monday passed a resolution to divide the state into four parts amid unruly scenes and slogan shouting.
This step on the part of the assembly was not a constitutional necessity, however. The four proposed parts are Paschim Pradesh, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Purvanchal.
The day’s business went through in just 15 minutes and the House was adjourned at about 12.30pm without taking up the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion even as members showed placards demanding the dismissal of the Mayawati government.
The assembly also passed a vote on account (an arrangement of providing for the finances of the government within the existing structure of taxation) of Rs70,733.60 crore for the first four months of 2012-13.
Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar, however, agreed with minister for parliamentary affairs Lalji Verma, who said the passage of the vote on account be treated as a vote of confidence.
Mayawati read the three-line resolution recommending to the Centre that Uttar Pradesh be split to create four states: “This House recommends to the central government that Uttar Pradesh be reorganised to create four states, namely Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh.”
Rajbhar then put it to vote. Only Bahujan Samaj Party members were seen supporting the resolution, which did not, however, make any mention of the boundaries, districts or assembly seats to be incorporated in the new states.
Nothing could be heard from the opposition benches when the speaker declared that the resolution had been passed by voice vote. Later, speaking to media persons, the CM said the state government would send the resolution to the Centre.The resolution was not a "political stunt" because the government had sent a letter to the Centre in 2007 on this, she added.
BSP co-ordination floors Opposition in UP House
While the opposition raised a hue and cry, CM Mayawati worked on her strategy.
With better floor coordination in the assembly, the ruling BSP was able to preempt the opposition plan to push through a no-confidence motion.
Within 15 minutes, the vote on account, states reorganisation proposal and Dr Shakuntala Mishra rehabilitation university amendment bill were passed.
Opposition leaders blamed each other for the fiasco even as ruling party MLAs remained upbeat.
The division in the opposition camp also surfaced over the no-confidence motion and the state reorganisation proposal. The SP and BJP MLAs jumped into the well, demanding the tabling of the no-confidence motion, but Congress and RLD members didn’t join in.
Leader of the Congress legislative party Pramod Tiwari said: “By creating a pandemonium they (SP and BJP) gave an opportunity to the government to avoid the discussion.” HTC, Lucknow