Amar to BJP: Clarify stand on Poorvanchal

Accusing the BJP of doublespeak on the creation of a separate Poorvanchal state, expelled SP leader Amar Singh asked it to clarify its stand on the issue.

Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 21:56 PM IST

Ballia: Accusing the BJP of doublespeak on the creation of a separate Poorvanchal state, expelled SP leader Amar Singh on Monday asked it to clarify its stand on the issue.

Kickstarting the second phase of his `Poorvanchal Swabhimaan Yatra` here, the Lok Manch founder accused Chief Minister and BSP head Mayawati of lacking political will for creation of the new state to be carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

Alleging the BJP was adopting double standard on the issue, he said its senior leader L K Advani was in favour of smaller states and was supporting the cause for a Telengana state.
On the other hand, former BJP president Rajnath Singh was speaking against the creation of a separate Poorvanchal state, he told reporters.

The saffron party should clarify its stand on the issue, Singh said.

Attacking Mayawati, he said "though she talks about creation of a Poorvanchal state, she has failed to show the the political will for the same."

This was the reason she did not get a proposal in this regard okayed from the state assembly, Singh said.
He said Poorvanchal was not a political issue for him and he would continue to fight for the creation of the new state.

Singh said he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and told him about the "discrimination being meted out by the UP government to the Poorvanchal region".

PTI