Jairam for bifurcation of UP, bats for Vidharba but not Gorkhaland

Earlier, in the day, Ramesh in his statement to a television channel on the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh, said, ‘It is currently too large and unwieldy to be effectively administered. For a state with a population of 200 million, it is impossible to administer. Splitting Uttar Pradesh is my personal opinion.’

His statement, which came after four days of Telengana (passed in the upper house on 20 February) and ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, has invited mixed reaction from political leaders.

While BJP claimed that his ‘intention’ clearly shows that they are keen on an alliance with BSP chief Mayawati, who is always in favour of the bifurcation, CPI (M) leader Nilotpal Basu has decided not to react on the personal view of Ramesh. ‘We are not going comment on who is personally saying what on the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh,’ Basu said.

Recently, BJP has vouched for a statehood of Vidarbha and claimed that this will be the NDA’s common minimum programme for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Interestingly, the BJP, who has supported the creation of Telengana, is now claiming that such statement, just before the Lok Sabha poll, could spark tension in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2011, the BSP had adopted resolution in the UP Assembly for the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh.
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