New states should not be formed 'casually': Advani

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LK Advani
Jaipur, Nov 11: In the backdrop Chief Minister Mayawati's reported plans to divide UP into four parts, BJP leader LK Advani today (Nov 11) said that new states should not be formed casually and more consultations were needed on the issue.

"On the division of Uttar Pradesh, I would say any decision should only be taken after consultations. Offhand nothing can be stated," he said, adding that it has already been divided into two parts as the demand for a separate Uttarakhand had been pending for a long time.

Replying to questions, Advani said, "States cannot be formed casually. We also formed three states. But the demand for those states had continued for a long time and after proper consultations and consideration, we worked towards the formation of those states (Chhatisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand)."

On the issue of formation of a separate Telangana, he said that this "demand has been there for 25-30 years, but in the past two years, it has been handled in such a way by the UPA government that many people have committed suicide. And in the past 35-40 days all work has come to a halt."

The BJP leader said that his party would raise the issue of black money in the Winter Session of Parliament and ask the government to reveal the steps taken to bring it back.

"Till now the information available raises concern that whatever steps the government has taken, have been taken to protect some people," he claimed.

Advani also suggested that simultaneous elections should be held for Lok Sabha and state assemblies as frequent polls hampered good governance.

PTI

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