With an eye on the upcoming Assembly polls, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) national president Ajit Singh Sunday called upon various organisations running campaigns to divide Uttar Pradesh to join hands and form a common coordination committee so that statewide agitations can be launched for the purpose.
Singh is demanding the formation of separate Bundelkhand, Paschimanchal (western UP) and Poorvanchal (eastern UP) states. Many of such organisations — Bundelkhand Banao Sanghathan, Poorvanchal Rajya Banao, Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha and others — took part in RLD’s programme in Lucknow on Sunday. Next, such a convention will be held in Bundelkhand on August 29.
Addressing workers of these organisations, Singh asked them to garner public support for the movement. He also appealed to the people that in the 2017 Assembly elections, they should vote in favour of only those parties that support UP’s division.
Claiming that Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav was against it and that the SP will loose public support in the 2017 elections, Singh said: “Mulayam’s thinking is limited to Saifai, Etawah, Etah and Mainpuri. He wants to rule entire UP to divert funds for Saifai. He has formed ‘four-and-a-half’ chief ministers in the state to run UP because it is the largest and most populated state.”
He went on to ask workers to hold statewide agitations, including road blockades, for the division of the state because “media highlights such happenings”. “I am not in support of violent agitations that had happened for Telangana. We should jointly hold statewide agitations to give a strong message to the society for formations of smaller states,” he said.
Singh asked the organisations to form a joint committee with RLD, create district units and small groups of workers, who will go door to door and make people aware of the “advantages” of smaller states. “If the people support the division of the state, those opposing the movement will also start supporting it… There will be no intellectual in the state who will be against it,” he added.
Singh further said that communication between the government and public is an easy and continuous affair in smaller states like Haryana but it was difficult in UP. He also claimed that formation of smaller states will usher in growth.
In his address, RLD’s UP president Munna Singh Chauhan said: “Bundelkhand and western UP were not getting funds for development despite giving maximum revenue to the government. Youths were also being ignored when it comes to jobs. Smaller states will open employment opportunities for locals.”
Chauhan added that Singh later met Governor Ram Naik to discuss issues like law and order and the condition of farmers.
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