Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday announced the creation of a new district named 'Niwari'. It will take the number of districts in the state to 52. The new district would include three tehsils of the present Tikamgarh district - Niwari, Orchha and Prithvipur.
The decision will come into effect from October 1.
The development comes barely months ahead of the state assembly elections.
Madhya Pradesh, which has a 230-member assembly, is scheduled to go to the polls by the year-end.
Final publication of the electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh was scheduled on September 27 while the last date for people to submit their objections and suggestions about the voters' list was August 31.
The assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh have been largely a fight between the Congress and the BJP for decades, but quite a few other political outfits are gearing up to enter the poll arena to take on the Big Two.
Outfits like the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GPP) and the newly floated SAPAKS Samaj, among others, are getting ready to throw their hats in the poll ring.