The YSR Congress Party has intensified its efforts to muster support from various political parties in the country against the Centre’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh with its president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy planning to meet the Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav respectively.
Mr. Jagan’s visit to Kolkata and Lucknow scheduled on November 20 and 21 assumes significance in the backdrop of demands for separate States there. He would also call on Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow. The schedule of his visits was finalised after a special court here allowed his petition seeking permission to visit the two places on Tuesday. The Kadapa MP would be accompanied by a team of senior party leaders to impress upon the leaderships of Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party against “the unilateral decision” of the Centre to bifurcate AP.
The demand for Gorkhaland State has been a contentious issue in West Bengal for over three decades. The CPI (M)-led government in the past and the Trinamool Congress government led by Ms. Banerjee now are opposed to the idea. The two parties fear that statehood to Telangana would give fresh impetus to Gorkhaland movement.
Similarly, the demand for carving out Bundelkhand and Haritha Pradesh from Uttar Pradesh was being opposed by the Samajwadi Party. However, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government led by Mayawati had proposed division of UP into three States months before it was ousted in the last Assembly elections.
Senior leader of YSR Congress M.V. Mysoora Reddy told The Hindu that support of various parties was being sought against the proposed bifurcation of AP. They would also impress upon the two Chief Ministers on the need to amend the Article (3) of the Constitution to prevent the Centre from acting authoritatively and arbitrarily in creating new States, he said.