The Chief Minister Mayawati’s letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh demanding division of UP may only add to Centre's political woes.
Telangana virus has already reached the state with the revival of demand for the division of Uttar Pradesh into four states.
RLD leader Choudhary Ajit Singh and Raja Bundela have alrteady announced their agitational plans to pressure the government to carve out Harit Pradesh, Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand- the remaining part would be Avadh prant.
By promptly writing to the Prime Minister, she has smartly thrown the ball in the Centre's court. There are two reasons. One smaller states is on her political agenda as her pockets of influence are not restricted to one region but are spread all over the state. Congress with its traditional hold on Uttar Pradesh that sent 80 members to the Lok Sabha, had been against its division. And now Congress has pinned its hope on UP from where it aims to win bulk of seats in 2014 elections. In the absence of pan India presence, BSP leaders feel that they can have more states in their kitty if UP divided-- in other words their more chief ministers.
Second by taking the lead she has quietly shifted her own government's responsibility onto the Centre. Mayawati has already hinted that people should take up the issue with the centre.
Technically speaking the Centre cannot act till UP Assembly passes a resolution to that effect.
Even though BSP has been a votary of smaller state, the party whenever in power never adopted constitutional method of moving resolution in the state assembly for the acceptance of the demand.
There is feeling in political circle that just writing a letter would not solve the problem.
The Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh told Hindustan Times BSP had majority and should table motion. Another RLD leader Munna Singh Chauhan said “letter is delaying tactics, it is of no use”. He said if the chief minister was serious she should table resolution in the House.
But taking cue from Telengana development Mayawati wants the centre to take initiative and give approval. However Munna Singh said there was no need of any such approval.
The Prime Minister during last Lok Sabha election campaign said in Varanasi said that UP should pass resolution, the centre would accept it. Similarly AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi said in 2008 that the party stood for statehood of Bundelkhand.
The UPCC chief spokesman Subodh Srivastav said that “instead of playing political gimmicks the BSP government should table motion in the House”.
Last year Congress MLA from Jhansi Pradip Jain, now central minister, had moved a resolution in the House. The BJP leader Hirdaynarain Dixit too laid stress on motion in the state assembly.
The Samajwadi Party, which has influence all over the state, is opposed to further division, as it sees no future in divided UP. After creation of Uttrakhand the SP lost base in hilly state.