Divide formula raises many eyebrows

Addressing the media in the national capital, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said his party “will not allow division of Uttar Pradesh at any cost.”

Terming the passage of resolution as “unconstitutional”, he appealed to the Central government to give direction to the UP governor to suspend the state Assembly’s Monday proceedings in this regard. The former chief minister said Mayawati has brought this resolution “because she wants to divert the attention from the corruption charges against her.”

Asked about his party’s strategy if the Congress-led UPA government brings the resolution in the upcoming winter session of Parliament, Rajya Sabha MP and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Ram Gopal Yadav said: “If the UPA government brings this resolution, then we will not allow both the Houses to function.”

The Congress has termed the controversial resolution as “ridiculous” and “murder of democracy”. AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari said “nothing can be more ridiculous that the proposal to divide a state like UP, which is the heart of India, was passed without any discussion.”

Tewari, however, refused to give a clear reply on whether the party was in favour of the proposal or not.

Political drama

Congress Screening Committee in-charge for the state, Mohan Prakash described the passing of resolution without any discussion as “murder of democracy” and attacked the Samajwadi Party and BJP over the issue.

“The role played by the BJP, BSP and SP on such an important issue reflects their real seriousness towards it,” Prakash said sarcastically, adding “a joke is being made out on the democratic system in this manner. Such a significant proposal was passed in this light manner.” The BJP also termed the resolution as “political drama” aimed at covering up “sins of the BSP’s misrule.”

“This whole exercise is a cover up of the sins of the misrule of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh for the past four-and-a-half years,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here.

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