Congress indicates reluctance to demands for smaller states
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 17:21
New Delhi: With the Telengana issue opening a floodgate of demands for creation of smaller states, Congress seems to have developed cold feet on the setting up of a second States Reorganisation Commission.

"At the moment, the issue is Telengana and there is no need to expand it into the larger issue of other states, which is not a matter of automatic equivalence," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said today when asked if the party was in favour of setting up of a second States Reorganisation Commission.

"Let us first deal with this (Telengana) and not go into other issues," he added.

His statement comes close on the heels of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee making it clear that in future the government would not like to accept demands for the creation of new states.

Mukherjee's statement had come at a time when 20 of the 34 ministers in the Andhra Pradesh government offered to resign in protest against the proposed Telengana state.

UP Chief Minister Mayawati has posed further difficulties for the Centre by demanding creation of separate Poorvanchal state, comprising of districts of Uttar Pradesh from the eastern part of the state. She had earlier demanded creation of Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh states by writing letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Congress has been critical of Mayawati's demand saying she was adding fuel to the Telengana issue and states cannot be created by writing letters to the Prime Minister.


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 17:21

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