Maya`s demand for UP trifurcation a political gimmick: SP

Strongly opposing UP CM Mayawati`s demand for trifurcation of the state, Samajwadi Party on Monday called it a "political gimmick" aimed at diverting people`s attention from corruption charges against her.

Mainpuri(UP): Strongly opposing Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati`s demand for trifurcation of
the state, Samajwadi Party on Monday called it a "political
gimmick" aimed at diverting people`s attention from corruption
charges against her.

"She (Mayawati) is facing CBI enquiries on corruption
charges, Taj corridor scam and has amassed unproportionate
wealth. She has played a politically motivated card of smaller
states to divert people`s attention. But, people of the state
have now well understood her and will not fall prey to her
gimmicks," SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters here.
Yadav alleged that Mayawati only wants to throw the state
into a turmoil since she has completely failed to manage it.

"Corruption has been injected into the veins of the
administrative set up and she is encashing it for amassing
wealth from all corners and has no will to remove the
sufferings of the people," he said.

Yadav said "Uttar Pradesh has already suffered a lot due
to the politically-motivated decision of creating Uttarakhand
by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee."

Creating new states would require massive funds. Setting
up new capital, housings for officers and new staff will
further shrink the land affecting the agriculture growth and
production, for which the state is already suffering, the SP
supremo said.

Demand welcomed

Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha today
welcomed Mayawati`s demand for a separate state
of Bundelkhand saying it will ensure "all-round" development
of the area.

BMM chief Raja Bundela said Bundelkhand should
comprise of areas from both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
"We want statehood for akhand (united) Bundelkhand for the
all-round development of the area," he said.

Bundela also termed the Rs 700 crore package to the
region as a "mere piece of paper" which would not be able to
solve the problems of the region.

He charged, "It has been proved that whatever comes in
the name of development is systematically syphoned off by
powerful people at every stage and hardly a drop is left for
the parched Bundelkhand."

The outfit also claimed that 32 kings of erstwhile
estates in Bundelkhand and Baghelkhad also stood for a
separate state for the region.
Bundela also charged that the region has not been able
to get separate statehood because of lack of political will.
He vowed to continue struggle for the separate
statehood and said the BMM will take out a march from
Chitrakoot to Khajuraho on December 16 to press for the
demand.

-PTI