Lucknow/ New Delhi: After the Centre’s Telangana plan, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and Jaswant Singh on Friday joined the chorus for smaller states with the BSP supremo renewing the demand for splitting her state into three while the senior politician pitched for Gorkhaland.
Mayawati dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that steps be taken for carving out separate states of Bundelkhand and western Uttar Pradesh out of the country’s most populated state.
Rahul Gandhi has been in the forefront in pushing for a development package for Bundelkhand—parts of which fall in UP and MP while RLD’s Ajit Singh has threatened to launch a fresh agitation for creation of Harit Pradesh(Western UP).
“I have renewed the demand for smaller states in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today to also give consent to Uttar Pradesh as it has given to Andhra Pradesh for setting up separate Telangana state”, Mayawati told newspersons in Lucknow.
“Both the BSP and my government are of the view that smaller states are conducive to all-round development and have been making a demand for trifurcation of Uttar Pradesh through letters”, Mayawati said adding she had also written to the Centre in this regard on 15 March, 2008.
In New Delhi, leaders of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha met Union home minister P Chidambaram and demanded the creation of a separate Gorkhaland state saying “we want to be liberated from the colonial rule” of West Bengal government.
“We do not want to stay with West Bengal. We want to be liberated from the colonial rule of the West Bengal government,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told reporters.
Expelled BJP leader and Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh, who was part of the delegation, said the demand for a separate Gorkhaland was just and was also the “oldest” demand for carving out a new state.