New Delhi: The Congress in Uttar Pradesh has suggested division of the politically and electorally important state into four smaller states for better governance and to address the existing differences between these regions.
According to a party leader, Congress state unit wants the proposal to divide the state into Purvanchal (east), Awadh Pradesh (central part), Paschim Pradesh (west) and Bundelkhand be included in the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
A state Congress functionary, who did not want to be named, said it was very important to divide UP into four states for better governance.
For Bundelkhand, the party has proposed that some parts from Madhya Pradesh should also be incorporated in the proposed state.
The Congress hopes to cash in on the sub-regional sentiments in its campaign in the state.
Another Congress leader said his party had always been in favour of smaller states for rational development and progress of all the regions.
Cong wants to turn the tables on BSP
With this move, the Congress seeks to turn the tables on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati who has been a strong supporter of UP’s division.
As the UP chief minister, Mayawati had mooted the idea of dividing UP into four states in 2011, arguing that smaller states could be governed better.