New Delhi: As expected different political parties have taken varying stands on the issue of division of Uttar Pradesh, as proposed by Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday.
The Congress, while accepting the need for smaller states, questioned the timing of the announcement and accused the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo of playing politics over the issue.
Party’s senior leader in UP, Pramod Tiwari, said that although the Congress is in favour of smaller states but that should be done after the second state reorganisation commission is formed.
On the other hand, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which has always been a strong votary of smaller states, welcomed the announcement but questioned Mayawati’s motive, especially because it comes just months ahead of Assembly elections in the state.
The Samajwadi Party, on expected lines, has strongly opposed the move to divide Uttar Pradesh. State party chief Akhilesh Yadav told a news channel that division of the state will stall progress.
However, another big player in state politics, Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has supported the move and announced that the party MLAs would vote in favour of the motion when the bill is tabled in the state Assembly on November 21.
Interestingly, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) which has been fighting for a separate state carved out of Andhra Pradesh was among the first to welcome Mayawati’s decision.