Lucknow: Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday pushed through the resolution to split Uttar Pradesh into four parts in the state Assembly in less than 10 minutes ignoring stiff opposition after which the House was adjourned sine die. Like in the Assembly, the controversial proposal also got the approval of the Legislative Council by voice vote. The Council was adjourned sine die after it met briefly.
With Assembly elections in UP due to be held before May next, the state Legislature passed by voice vote without any discussion an interim budget for 2012-2013, showing an estimated surplus of Rs 5,604 crore. The vote-on-account of Rs 54,762 crore for the first four months of the next financial year was also passed.
A belligerent Mayawati later rejected the opposition charge that her move was a political gimmick and said it was out of "compulsion" since the Centre was not taking any initiative for easier governance of the country's most populous state.
The special session of the Assembly which began on Monday was meant to be a two-day affair but it was adjourned sine-die by Speaker Rajbhar amid pandemonium in 10 minutes after approving the Vote on Account and the resolution to split UP.
The House reconvened at 1220 PM after a brief adjournment following a ruckus and adjourned sine die at 1230 PM.
The abrupt adjournment left opposition BJP, Samajwadi and Congress fuming as they had hoped to corner Mayawati on a range of issues through two no-confidence motions which they wanted to move against her government.
Mayawati, who had announced the proposal recently to split the state into Purvanchal, Paschim Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Awadh Pradesh, presented the resolution saying it was being forwarded to the Centre.
The resolution still needs the approval of the Centre and faces a long constitutional process before it can become a reality.
Delegations of Samajwadi Party and BJP met Governor B L Joshi separately and submitted a memorandum demanding that Monday's proceedings of the assembly should be cancelled and the session convened again. In a House of 403, BSP has 220 members (after six of its members have been disqualified recently), SP has 89, BJP 48, Cong 20, RLD 10, Independents (9), and RSP one.
Mayawati said her move to split the state had absolutely nothing to do with the forthcoming elections and that her government had brought up the matter with the Centre for easier governance in 2007.
"The BSP government was already taking initiative for the reorganisation of the state and the decision to bring a resolution in the assembly was taken under compulsion as the Centre was not taking any decision in this regard," Mayawati told reporters.
Opposition leaders said it should be left to the States Reorganisation Commission to take a call on splitting UP as and when it is constituted.
TRS welcomes Maya's proposal
Hailing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for pushing through a resolution in the Assembly on splitting the state, TRS on Monday demanded that the Centre give its assent to it and also carve out a separate Telangana state.
"TRS welcomes the decision of the UP Chief Minister. It is a bold step. It is very good for democracy. She has also reiterated her support to the formation of Telangana. For her act of kindness, I thank her," TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters in Hyderabad before leaving for Delhi to attend the Parliament session.
Demanding that the Centre accept the Telangana demand without any further delay, the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha MP said Congress would be "buried" in the region if it did not carve out the separate state.
The TRS president said his party would "stall" Parliament session in support of its separate statehood demand.
"My intention of going to Delhi is to stall the (proceedings of) Parliament and demand Telangana state. We hope the Centre will concede the demand of Telangana state," he said.
Rao said he would seek cooperation of Mayawati and BSP MPs in raising the Telangana demand during the Winter Session.
Appreciating the BSP supremo for her move to pass a resolution in the UP Assembly for division of the state, he said smaller states would ensure faster development.
Asked about reports that the Centre was contemplating appointing a States' Reorganisation Commission (SRC) or a regional council for the region, Rao claimed that the Centre had already "announced that it will form" a separate Telangana state.
"The AICC spokesman has already said SRC will not be appointed over Telangana issue. It is good if they form separate Telangana as per their promise without any delay," he added.
Division aimed at covering up 'sins': BJP
Attacking Chief Minister Mayawati for getting a resolution passed in the UP Assembly for splitting the state into four parts, BJP on Monday said the move was a "political drama" aimed at covering up "sins of BSP's misrule."
"This whole exercise is a cover up of the sins of the misrule of Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh for the past four-and-a-half years," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters in Delhi.
He alleged that "it is a joint strategy of BSP, Congress and Samajwadi Party to divert attention of the people, as it does not suit any of them that corruption and crime be made an issue in UP in the forthcoming polls."
Naqvi said, "The people of UP are asking what BSP has done in the last four-and-a-half years for the welfare of the state and its people."
He also asked Mayawati to name "four major works" done by her government for the welfare of the state or its people since it came to power.
"If BSP was sincere towards the state and its people and their welfare, it should have announced its decision of dividing the state into four parts soon after they were voted to power in the state," he said.
Naqvi said his party stood to support the "public sentiment" of freeing UP from corruption and crime. He also termed the Mayawati rule as "a champion of scams" which was now on a "spree of making announcements" ahead of the 2012 assembly polls.
Lucknow: Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday pushed through the resolution to split Uttar Pradesh into four parts in the state Assembly in less than 10 minutes ignoring stiff opposition after which the House was adjourned sine die.
Like in the Assembly, the controversial proposal also got the approval of the Legislative Council by voice vote. The Council was adjourned sine die after it met briefly.