Lucknow: The controversial ‘split Uttar Pradesh’ resolution brought by Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday enthused a hornet’s nest with the Congress, BJP and the Samajwadi accusing her of political opportunism.
Close on the heels of the passage of the resolution in Uttar Pradesh Assembly to divide the state into four parts, Mayawati’s foes dubbed the move as “murder of democracy,” “a political stunt” and a “diversionary tactic”.
“If some persons think that the people of UP are foolish and that they cannot see through this proposal inspired by political opportunism, they will get an appropriate reply (in the elections),” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said.
Ms. Mayawati’s arch detractor and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav even went to the level of demanding that Centre quash today’s proceedings of the U P Assembly in which the resolution was passed.
“It is a diversionary tactic aimed at drawing away people’s attention from corruption in her rule and our party at no cost will allow the division of the state,” he said.
However, the support for the Chief Minister came from the Lok Manch President Amar Singh, who was still some time back close associate of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Amar Singh recalled that socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, had also supported the idea of division of bigger states.