Even as the storm brewed after the center gave nod to creation of
Telangana was still to cool down, experts had anticipated that the decision would open the
Pandora' box. There apprehensions became a reality when
Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday favouring carving out of smaller
states sought the Centre's consent for the creation of separate
Bundelkhand and western Uttar Pradesh states on the lines of
have renewed the demand for smaller states through a letter to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh today to give consent to Uttar Pradesh as it
has given to Andhra Pradesh for setting up a separate Telangana
state", Mayawati told reporters here.
"Both the BSP and my government are of the view that smaller
districts and states are conducive to allround development and we
have been making a demand for trifurcation of Uttar Pradesh through
letters," she said, adding she had also written to the Centre in
this regard on March 15, 2008.
Mayawati stressed that her government would support the demand for
separate states in case the Centre takes an initiative in this
direction as required under Section 3 of the Constitution and would
immediately get a resolution passed by the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan
people of Bundelkhand and western Uttar Pradesh have been making the
demand for separate states for a long time and it has gained
momentum ever since the Centre has agreed on Telangana," she said
and added that considering its vast population and size, Uttar
Pradesh is a very big state.
"Smaller states can be managed better from the administrative and
development point of view and it is also necessary to give due
importance to the aspirations of the people," Mayawati said, adding
her party in a BSP rally here as also in the Vidhan Sabha in 2007
has already expressed its views on the subject.
Trying to win over the people of these regions who had been staging
agitations, Mayawati appealed to them to forcefully raise their
demand before the Centre but cautioned them against taking law in
"They should raise their demand in a disciplined manner and not take
law in their hands at the instigation of anyone."
question, Mayawati clarified that she was not against a separate
Purvanchal comprising eastern districts as demanded by the people of
another question whether her demands on the subject were similar to
those of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Bundelkhand
Mukti Morcha president Raja Bundela, an agitated Mayawati said "they
are in the government and so they have to get the demand implemented
rather than raise it".