Decision on division a pressure tactic: Mayawati
Chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday repeated her point that though she was not constitutionally bound to pass the resolution on splitting UP, her government took such a step just to put pressure on the Centre. HT reports.Carve UP | Reorganisation of states | Blog: Maya keeps them poor, gives them stateslucknow Updated: Nov 17, 2011 01:29 IST
Chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday repeated her point that though she was not constitutionally bound to pass the resolution on splitting UP, her government took such a step just to put pressure on the centre.
She said the powers to reorganise states vested in the centre. The issue should not be clubbed with the forthcoming assembly elections, she added.
The chief minister on Tuesday announced her cabinet’s decision to divide the state into four parts – Awadh Pradesh, Paschim Pradesh, Purvanchal and Bundelkhand.
On the opposition's comment that it was an election stunt, Mayawati said she had demanded the division of the state at a rally as early as October 9, 2007.
The chief minister said Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s statement about the formation of a states reorganisation commission was misleading because there was no need for it.
The UP assembly convenes on November 21.
Legal expert and former principal secretary (UP assembly) RP Pandey said under the Constitution only Parliament was empowered to reorganise the state.
"The assembly passing such resolution is just a political posturing," he said.
Pandey told HT: "Any such resolution passed by the assembly is not binding on the central government." He recalled Mulayam Singh Yadav as chief minister had sent a motion for the creation of Uttarakhand, but the Centre had not taken any action.
Later the BJP government in the state passed another motion, which the Centre adopted with some amendments, he said.
On the other hand, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra has announced his party will move a no-confidence motion against the government in the House during the winter session.
Samajwadi Party (SP) spokesman R Chaudhury said the party would decide its strategy on November 20.
The SP is opposed to any further division of the state.