Congress for panel on Uttar Pradesh reorganisation

November 9th, 2011 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Telangana New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Amid reports that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati may push for reorganisation of the state ahead of the 2012 assembly polls, the Congress Tuesday said it favoured referring such demands to a States Reorganisation Commission.

Congress spokesperson Raashid Alvi said that a commission should be formed to look into all such demands.

“We have said in our manifesto and we are committed to it. We feel that a commission should be formed as the issue is not confined to Uttar Pradesh but questions are being raised all over the country,” Alvi said in response to questions on Mayawati’s plans for a four-way divison of the state.

Asked if the demand for separate state of Telangana should also be referred to the commission, Alvi said it was an “on-going issue” and questions on the subject should be addressed to Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is party incharge of Andhra Pradesh.

“It (Telangana) is a very sensitive and burning issue and already general secretary in charge is in touch with the Andhra leaders,” he said.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh also said that the party wanted the demand for a division of Uttar Pradesh to be referred to the States Reorganisation Commission.

There is speculation that Mayawati may pitch for four-way reorganisation of state into Harit Pradesh, central Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal ahead of assembly polls expected to take place within six months.

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