Mulayam against formation of smaller states

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said he was against formation of smaller states, including Gorkhaland, as their governments generally had a `weak` grip on the administration.

Updated: May 23, 2010, 20:00 PM IST

Kolkata: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh
Yadav on Sunday said he was against formation of smaller states,
including Gorkhaland, as their governments generally had a
`weak` grip on the administration.

"We are opposed to smaller states. Their governments
have a weak grip on the administration," he told reporters
when asked to comment on the killing of All India Gorkha
League president Madan Tamang in Darjeeling on Friday.

Tamang, a vocal opponent of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
spearheading the Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling, was killed
allegedly by activists of the GJM which had earlier threatened
to banish him from the hills.

Problems like Maoism originated and spread from the
smaller states, Yadav pointed out, adding that his party had
opposed when the move to carve out a smaller state from Uttar
Pradesh was initiated.

Yadav was addressing a press conference on the last day
of his party`s three-day national council meeting.

PTI