BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference said that Uttar Pradesh should be divided into four smaller states, namely, Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Pashchim Pradesh.

"We have always supported smaller states. When this population is divided between four states, development will increase. Ministers in central government who hail from Uttar Pradesh should build pressure on the central government for formation of these states," she said.

With Telangana now becoming a reality, people of Agra are now looking forward to a whole lot of new opportunities. "With the unwieldy size of Uttar Pradesh, Agra region has always got a raw deal, with all the funds and tax revenues siphoned off to eastern districts. A new state of West Uttar Pradesh, whatever its name, would definitely spur growth and also inculcate a sense of pride and identity," said Sudhir Gupta, an activist.


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