Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] It's not a poll gimmick, says Mayawati

LUCKNOW, November 17, 2011
It's not a poll gimmick, says Mayawati
Atiq Khan

Defends decision to split Uttar Pradesh; charges Congress with trying
to side-track the issue

A day after her Cabinet approved the division of Uttar Pradesh into
four parts, Chief Minister Mayawati sought on Wednesday to dispel the
criticism that the decision was made with an eye on the Assembly

Terming baseless the Opposition parties' charge that it was a poll
gimmick, she said in a statement that the Congress, the Samajwadi
Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party stood against development.

The government, she said, was not constitutionally bound to get the
proposal passed by the Cabinet and the legislature. The resolution to
be passed by the Assembly would help to pressure the Central
government. According to the Constitution, the Centre is empowered to
bring in legislation on State reorganisation.

Ms. Mayawati said if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance
government wanted the State to progress, it should have sought a
presidential reference on the matter after getting the approval of the
Union Cabinet. But it sat on her letters to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, demanding the reorganisation of the State. "Since the Central
government did nothing for four-and-half years, the decision to table
the proposal in the coming session of the Assembly (beginning) on
November 21 was taken."

She recalled that she first raised the division of the State at a
public meeting in Lucknow on October 9, 2007. Thereafter, she sent a
letter to the Prime Minister on March 15, 2008, for trifurcating the
State into Purvanchal, Bundelkhand and Western Uttar Pradesh, and
followed it up with a reminder.

Referring to the statement of Congress general secretary in-charge of
Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh that he would urge the Centre to
constitute a State Reorganisation Commission, Ms. Mayawati said it
only showed that the Congress was trying to side-track the issue. She
argued that his statement was misleading, as under Articles 3 and 4 of
the Constitution, it was not legally binding on the Centre to
constitute such a commission. In fact, the State Reorganisation
Commission had no role in the formation of Uttarakhand, which was
carved out of Uttar Pradesh under the Uttar Pradesh Reorganization
Act, 2000.

"Mr. Singh's statement has shown that the Congress is against the
reorganisation of the State and wants to place the issue in limbo, as
has been the case with Telangana," she said. The Congress did not want
the development in the Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Avadh and Pashchim
(western) regions.


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