Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
on Wednesday hit back at her opponents for dismissing the decision to
split the state as a political stunt with an eye on Assembly
polls and said the move was to "exert pressure" on the Centre.
"The decision to bring the proposal for division of state
in the state legislative during winter session starting on
November 21 has been taken under compulsion to create pressure
on the Centre," Mayawati said in a statement here.
Her clarification came in the wake of sharp reactions from
Congress, BJP and Samjawadi Party, which dubbed the decision
as an election stunt to befool the people.
The CM said that since 2007 when BSP came into
power, she had been repeatedly requesting the Prime Minister
in writing for reorganisation of the state.
"But even after four and a half years, the Centre has done
nothing in this regard," she alleged and accused both BJP and
SP of always being opposed to creation of smaller states.
Mayawati said there was no constitutional binding on her
government to get a proposal passed for creation of four new
states either by the state cabinet or the Assembly, because as
per the Constitution the Centre has all the power to bring
such a bill.
"If the Congress-led UPA government had been in favour of
the development of the state, it should have got a draft of a
bill approved by the Union cabinet and then passed in
Parliament," she said.
Deploring the opposition parties for their "incorrect and
anti-development stand", Mayawati said the decision should not
be linked to the forthcoming Assembly elections.
"Proposal of the state legislature will help create
pressure on the Centre and allegations of all opposition
leaders on the issue are baseless," she said.
On Congress leader Digvijay Singh`s suggestion for a second
State Reorganisation Commission, Mayawati said the party was
making excuses on the issue and added that there was no role
of such a commission in creation of Uttarakhand.
"By making such a statement, Singh has exposed Congress`
mentality against reorganisation of UP. Congress wants to keep
the matter hanging as in the case of Telangana state," she
Mayawati had yesterday announced bringing a resolution in
the House for carving out four new states in the winter
session beginning November 21.
She said the cabinet has approved a resolution for creation
of Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh.