Speaking to reporters, Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shanker Pandey said, "The CM has written a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to give Centre's permission for creation of separate Poorvanchal state and expediting the constitutional procedure in that regard."
The state government had earlier through a letter sent in Mar 2008 had apprised the Centre of its clear opinion on carving out a separate Poorvanchal state, Pandey said.
"The chief minister has repeatedly stated that she was in favour of smaller states and supports creation of a separate Poorvanchal state," he said.
"To remove regional imbalance and to accelerate development of the state, incorporating the needs of Poorvanchal region, the state government had earlier forwarded a proposal to the Centre requesting it to sanction a special package of Rs 80,000 crore," he added.
On Dec 11, favouring carving out of smaller states, Mayawati had written to Singh seeking the Centre's consent for the creation of separate states of Bundelkhand and western Uttar Pradesh on the lines of demand for a Telangana state.