Lucknow, Dec 12: With the separation of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh sparking off renewed agitations for new states across India, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has declared her support for partition of the state by craving out independent states of Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh.
"I have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to give clearance for carving out independent states of Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh out of a giant sized and unmanageable Uttar Pradesh," Mayawati told the media on Friday, Dec 11.
"Since the centre has already given its nod for carving out the state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh, there was good enough reason to follow the same exercise in case of UP, where the demand for an independent Bundelkhand in southern UP and a Harit Pradesh in western UP was being raised for a long time," she said.
Contrary to claims that the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo was doing this to trouble the Centre's United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Mayawati justified her stand saying that she has always been in support of smaller states as they are easier to govern.
And when questioned if she would move a resolution in this regard in the state assembly, Mayawati said, "Well, I would do so once the centre has given its approval in principle."