Mulayam opposes smaller states formula

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Meerut, UP, Oct 31 (UNI) The move to divide Uttar Pradesh into smaller states was aimed at dimnishing the political strength of the state that sent 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, former chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said today.

Talking to reporters ahead of his party's state-level convention beginning here tomorrow, Mr Yadav said smaller states had lesser power, thereby face difficulties in handling crisis.

''There had been only one case of Naxal attack on UP policemen.

The state machinery was big, hence powerful to check recurrence of such events. On the other hand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are constantly facing the menace,'' he said.

While the SP had been opposing the division of the state into Poorvanchal (east UP), Bundelkhand (by carving out parts of MP and UP) and Harit Pradesh (west UP), SP's major ally in the previous assembly the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal government had been demanding the creation of Harit Pradesh, which gave rise to differences between the two parties.

Recently, Chief Minister Mayawati had propogated division of UP into Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh. She had claimed that her BSP government had no problems in pasing a resolution to this effect in the state legislature and it was up to the Centre to clear the proposal at its end.

The BSP enjoys absolute majority in the Lower House. State Congress president Rita Joshi had said last week that her party was open to such suggestions.''The Centre would not take long in deciding about division of UP once a resolution is passed by the state legislature.'' Commenting on the state of farmers during the previous SP regime, Mr Yadav said his government had set up 28 sugar mills to help cane growers. ''But the Centre banned export of sugar which created a glut of sugar in the local markets.'' UNI

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