Oppn parties surprised, rattled by Mayawati's trump card

Samajwadi Party, BJP, Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, which favours Harit Pradesh, fear that BSP might gain political mileage out of the division.

The main opposition Samajwadi Party which has always been clearly against any division of Uttar Pradesh on the ground that it would undermine the political authority of the largest state, fears that now it would have to take a stand in the Assembly that could go against the wishes of people of areas falling under Purvanchal, Pachimanchal and Bundelkhand.
"It is a political conspiracy and Samajwadi Party would oppose it both in the legislature as well as outside," Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly Shivpal Singh Yadav said.
The Samajwadi Party would not accept this proposal and would see to it that there was no further division of the state, he said.

"The timing, at the fag end of her tenure, of bringing the proposal proves her lack of sincerity and people would have to see that BSP has never had a clear view on smaller states but for writing letters to the prime minister and today's move is nothing but a political drama," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

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