Congress indicates reluctance to demands for smaller states

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

"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.


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

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