Nitish backs Mayawati on dividing UP

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday lent support to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Mayawati`s stand to carve out four new states out of Uttar Pradesh.

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Wednesday lent support to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Mayawati`s
stand to carve out four new states out of Uttar Pradesh.

``We are in principle in favour of formation of smaller
states ... We have been votary of smaller states for fostering
a new era of development ... However, it is a matter between
Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre,`` he told reporters
here before emplaning for Muzaffarpur for the second leg of
his Seva Yatra.

Bihar too was divided in 2000 when Jharkhand was carved
out of it. The demand for formation of Telangana was already
there, besides those for bifurcation of a few more states
including Maharashtra, Chief Minister said.

Before 2000 when Jharkhand was created, the population
of Uttar Pradesh was two-and-a-half times more than undivided
Bihar and now it was double than divided Bihar at present.

Mayawati had yesterday announced bringing a resolution
in the House in the winter session beginning next week for
carving out four new states.

The state`s Cabinet had already approved a resolution
for creation of Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and
Paschim Pradesh.

PTI