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Updated: November 17, 2011 02:14 IST

It's not a poll gimmick, says Mayawati

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U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati
The Hindu U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati

Defends decision to split Uttar Pradesh; charges Congress with trying to side-track the issue

A day after her Cabinet approved the division of Uttar Pradesh into four parts, Chief Minister Mayawati sought on Wednesday to dispel the criticism that the decision was made with an eye on the Assembly elections.

Terming baseless the Opposition parties' charge that it was a poll gimmick, she said in a statement that the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party stood against development.

The government, she said, was not constitutionally bound to get the proposal passed by the Cabinet and the legislature. The resolution to be passed by the Assembly would help to pressure the Central government. According to the Constitution, the Centre is empowered to bring in legislation on State reorganisation.

Ms. Mayawati said if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government wanted the State to progress, it should have sought a presidential reference on the matter after getting the approval of the Union Cabinet. But it sat on her letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, demanding the reorganisation of the State. “Since the Central government did nothing for four-and-half years, the decision to table the proposal in the coming session of the Assembly (beginning) on November 21 was taken.”

She recalled that she first raised the division of the State at a public meeting in Lucknow on October 9, 2007. Thereafter, she sent a letter to the Prime Minister on March 15, 2008, for trifurcating the State into Purvanchal, Bundelkhand and Western Uttar Pradesh, and followed it up with a reminder.

Referring to the statement of Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh that he would urge the Centre to constitute a State Reorganisation Commission, Ms. Mayawati said it only showed that the Congress was trying to side-track the issue. She argued that his statement was misleading, as under Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitution, it was not legally binding on the Centre to constitute such a commission. In fact, the State Reorganisation Commission had no role in the formation of Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh under the Uttar Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2000.

“Mr. Singh's statement has shown that the Congress is against the reorganisation of the State and wants to place the issue in limbo, as has been the case with Telangana,” she said. The Congress did not want the development in the Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Avadh and Pashchim (western) regions.

its a election stunt of Ms Mayavati why because this is her 5th year in power and now she has brought this matter in limelight, why not before ? i would like to urge to the people of Uttar Pradesh that dont be fool and think in broader way. its a politically motivated issue there is nothing to do with development. there will be 04 new Chief ministers and their successive Ministers and they will start looting the revenue from all around and can make corruption institutional as Mayavati Govt did in his tenure. she is eying on assembly polls and misleading the innocent public. split of UP in four part will make the condition of people worse. there will be a great loss to the revenue and this most populous state will become the most poor state o f India if division took place.

from:  braj kishor
Posted on: Nov 17, 2011 at 14:55 IST

It is a wise decision by ms mayavati government.If the decision is in favour of development then it is a good move. Governments in both state as well as centre should always look after the development of state /country. Political parties should also to look after the development/upliftment of poor. In bifurcating state as up govt proposed it also look water sharing,mineral properities should also to be viewed to avoid disputes in future. It should not face as states are facing in sharing of water and other cases.The governance should be based on presidencial form of government in Up state on experimental basis instead of present democratic form.If you see in our election most of people does not aware to whom they are voting.They will go through the voice of influencial personalities who can spend money for their own interest. Generally most of our elected leaders does not visit their constituency even once after elections are over.They will remember only when elections come again.

from:  A V Gopalaswamy
Posted on: Nov 17, 2011 at 04:45 IST
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