Big states like Uttar Pradesh should be bifurcated: Mayawati
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has said that big states such as Uttar Pradesh should be bifurcated.
"It was important for all the larger states to be divided into small parts for better functioning," Mayawati told media after the bill for creation of Telangana was passed in Rajya Sabha.
"It should be thought that the larger states should be divided into small parts. This will clear out things. Uttar Pradesh is still a big state even after formation of Uttarakhand. Things would be better if four states are formed out of it," said Mayawati.
"But just forming out states is not enough. Special packages should be given to weaker states and the central government should not just think about political interest," she added.
Mayawati further accused the ruling Congress of seeking electoral gains by this division.
"It has been a pattern that the party which leads the government always divides and reorganises big states for electoral gains, which is not correct. There is already a body for reorganisation of states, so once and for all why can't they decide which big states to divide and leave the issue," said Mayawati.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill or the Telangana Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday in the face of noisy protests.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said special status will be given for five years to Seemandhra region - the residual state of Andhra Pradesh following creation of a separate Telangana.
Telangana state will comprise 10 districts - Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nizamabad and Adilabad. It will have about 3.5 crore population.
Hyderabad, the capital of existing Andhra Pradesh, will be a common capital of both the states for 10 years.
(Posted on 21-02-2014)