Cong defends centre`s letter to Maya

Defending the Centre`s letter to UP on division of the state, Congress said the centre has a right to question the feasibility of the move.

Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

Lucknow: Defending the Centre`s letter to
Uttar Pradesh government seeking clarifications on division of
the state, Congress today said the centre has a right to
question the feasibility of the move.

"The centre has the right to question all relevant
questions related to creation of new states like geographical
boundary, revenue, debt and capital," UPCC President Rita
Bahuguna Joshi told reporters here.

"It would be wrong to proceed on the issue without
addressing these points," she said adding that now with just
three months remaining for the Assembly elections, the
Mayawati government has forfeited the right to take such a
policy decision...let the new house be constituted and decide
it.
Terming the Mayawati government`s move for new states as
"drama", she said that had she really been serious she ought
to have taken people`s opinion in the past five years,
constituted a team of experts to study the details and then
moved the proposal in the house for a positive discussion.

Objecting to Maywati terming the letter as not in keeping
with constitutional norms, she said that her advisors were not
fully aware of the constitution.
Stressing that Congress was in favour of smaller states,
she said that Congress has created 11 states set up in
independent India after following a procedure.

To a question on Mayawati`s allegation that the letter
was released to the media first, she reminded her it was she
who had been doing this since long besides there was no no
secrecy in it.

Terming Mayawati as the most non-serious chief minister
in the country, she said that she had never participated in
any meeting with the prime minister and stressed that
governments are not run only through letters.

Joshi also alleged that Mayawati was depicting the
benefits under the central schemes as those of her government
through advertisements.

PTI