New Delhi: A day after the Congress Working Committee endorsed creation of separate Telangana, a Congress MP on Wednesday batted for formation of Poorvanchal to be carved out of Uttar Pradesh.
Jagdambika Pal, MP from Domariyaganj in eastern UP, said he would approach Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand creation of Poorvanchal.
"The region has a chequered history. It has contributed immensely to the freedom struggle of the country. Due to its backwardness, it deserves to become a separate state in the interest of the people of the region," Pal told a news agency.
His remarks came on a day when former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP leader Mayawati renewed her party`s demand for splitting the state into four parts, besides creation of Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.
"BSP has always been in favour of smaller states for which it had sent a proposal duly passed by the state Assembly on November 23, 2011, when it was leading the government, for splitting Uttar Pradesh into four states for better governance and administration," the BSP supremo said in Lucknow.
"It is unfortunate that the central government kept it pending since then, but with Telangana becoming a reality, BSP demands that on the principle of one language-one state, the Centre, besides reorganising larger states, should complete the process of division of Uttar Pradesh into four states, besides (formation of) Gorkhakland and Vidarbha," she said.
She had proposed splitting Uttar Pradesh into Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Pashchimanchal.