November 15, 2011

Mayawati proposes Division of UP into Four States

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet today approved the proposal for the reorganisation of the state. The proposal will be tabled in the winter session of the assembly, which starts from November 21.

Chief Minister Mayawati said that the division of the state is required for better administration and development. She said that the formation of smaller state was the jurisdiction of the Centre, but both the NDA and UPA had been ignoring the issue.

The government has decided to send the proposal to the Centre for approval.

The move was described by the opposition as a political stunt. The opposition said that the move is another card of Mayawati for the upcoming assembly elections to divert people's attention from the alleged corruption charges against her.

If the proposal will be approved, the state would be divided into four parts - Poorvanchal (East UP), Paschhimanchal (West UP), Bundelkhand and Awadh (central UP).

Mayawati said that the decision has been taken after discussions with her cabinet and thorough analysis. She said that the state is considered as the backward due to its big size. Therefore, she had created smaller districts earlier.

The move came after the then Prime Ministers ignored the state. The centre could have taken the decision of the division of the state, but neither NDA nor UPA took any decision in favour of the state's division.

Accusing the Centre, Maya said that she had requested the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a special financial aid for UP, but Dr Singh did not respond to her appeal.

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