House passes resolution to divide Uttar Pradesh

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Old 22-Nov-2011
House passes resolution to divide Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh state legislative assembly yesterday passed a resolution seeking division of the state into four smaller states amid pandemonium and slogan shouting.

The resolution for creation of new states, namely Purvanchal Pradesh, Pashchim Pradesh, Awadh Pradesh and Bundelkhand was passed by voice vote while the opposition was shouting slogans seeking discussion on their no- confidence motion in the Mayawati government.

The House was adjourned sine die with adoption of vote on account for the first three months of the new financial year starting April and what was supposed to be the two-day special session of the assembly ended within minutes, thwarting the opposition move to grill the Mayawati government on various issues. "The resolution to divide the state has been passed. This is not a political move by BSP [state's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party]. We took this step after the Central Government did not take any action on our proposal. The Uttar Pradesh assembly has fulfilled its duty with regards to splitting of Uttar Pradesh for the benefit of the state," Chief Minister Mayawati said while addressing a press conference in the state capital Lucknow.

According to indications, yesterday's could have been the last session of the current assembly since there are suggestions that Mayawati could recommend dissolution of the assembly so that fresh elections are held earlier than the scheduled polls in April-May next year.

Uttar Pradesh was earlier divided in 2000 when Uttaranchal, now called Uttarakhand, was carved out of it.

What next?

  • Resolution seeking division of Uttar Pradesh does not lead to creation of four states. It is the prerogative of the federal government.
  • The resolution will now go to the federal government to be placed before the federal cabinet. The cabinet has the right to either reject or approve it. Once approved, the resolution will be placed before Parliament.
  • The resolution must be passed by both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha with two-thirds majority.
  • Once adopted by Parliament, it goes for President's approval.
  • The entire process may take many months and the new Uttar Pradesh assembly after elections has the right to recall the resolution.

Old 22-Nov-2011
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