Mayawati demands creation of Bundelkhand, Paschim Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, Dec 11 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday strongly demanded the Centre to create separate states of Bundelkhand and Paschim Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference here Mayawati said: "Today I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister demanding the creation of separate Bundelkhand and Paschim Uttar Pradesh."

"My government and my party (Bahujan Samaj Party) are in favour of creation on smaller states and administrative units. We expresses the same many times earlier."

In her letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mayawati demanded a permission to move a resolution in the Uttar Pradesh assembly for the creation of these two states on the same line of Telangana resolution.

On Wednesday, the Centre asked the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rossaih to move a resolution in the state assembly for the creation of separate Telangana state.

Mayawati's demand came two days after the centre's decision to give green signal in principle for the creation of separate Telangana.

Since last 50 years there is a movement for Bundelkhand state as Jhansi being its capital. Bundelkhand region is covering some part of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The population of this region is apprx. 5 crores. In spite of being rich in minerals, the people of Bundelkhand are very poor and backward because of no representation in the state and central politics.

The local parties and local leaders are running several movements having different names. Few movements are for its development, few are for its formation as a state." Bundelkhand akikrit party and "Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha" are two political organisations for this cause.

Mayawati also expressed her full support to the pro Bundelkhand and Paschimi Uttar Pradesh Movement but urged the people to raise the issue in a democratic way and not to take law into hand.

In West Bengal the demand for the creation of separate Gorkhaland has also reached the sky with activits sitting on 96 hours fast at Darjeeling. (ANI)

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