Poll gimmick; Mayawati wants to cut up UP into 4 states

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Lucknow, Nov 9: With Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati having to face the music for the prevailing crime and other law and order hassles in the state, there are hints of breaking up the state into four parts. The plans for reorganization are seen by those within the party as her masterplan ahead of the 2012 assembly polls.

By cutting the country's largest state that has 75 districts, Uttar Pradesh can easily be considered larger than many countries. The blueprint drawn out on the division of the state, plans to form a new state called Poorvanchal comprising of 32 districts; another state Harit Pradesh comprising of 22 western districts; Bundelkhand that will have 7 districts and the remaining of the 14 districts part of Central UP, which will be considered the fourth state.

The plan for the reorganization emerged after difficulties cropped up in managing and administering such a large state. In spite of parts of UP being sacrificed to form Uttarakhand, the state still remains too big to administer. The BSP hopes to make it an electoral issue and wants to take leverage by making it part of the poll campaign with the hidden agenda of diverting attention from the incumbency.

With the classic example of Telangana causing trouble for the UPA, Mayawati will have to tread a careful path before she proposes the division of the state. The Opposition is also aware of Mayawati's game plan ahead of the move with the party's prospective ally Ajit Singh already making Harit Pradesh a battle theme.

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