Lucknow: Chief Minister Mayawati today pushed through the resolution to split Uttar Pradesh into four parts amid stiff opposition in the Assembly which swiftly adjourned sine die after passing the controversial proposal by voice vote.
Afer securing the Assembly approval, a belligerent BSP supremo rejected the charge that her move was a political gimmick in an election-bound state and said it was taken out of “compulsion” since the Centre was not taking any initiative for easier governance of the country’s most populous state.
The special session of the Assembly was meant to be a two-day affair but it was adjourned sine-die by Speaker Rajbhar amid pandemonium within minutes after it gave its green signal after one round of brief adjournment.
The abrupt adjournment left opposition BJP, Samajwadi and Congress fuming as they had hoped to corner Mayawati on a range of issues through two no-confidence motions which they wanted to move against her government.
Mayawati, who had announced the proposal recently to split the state into Purvanchal, Paschim Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Awadh Pradesh, presented the resolution saying it was
being forwarded to the Centre.
The resolution still needs the approval of the Centre and faces a long constitutional process before it can become a reality.
In a House of 403, BSP has 220 members (after six of its members have been disqualified recently), SP has 89, BJP 48, Cong 20, RLD 10, Independents (9), and RSP one.
Mayawati said her move to split the state had absolutely nothing to do with the forthcoming elections and that her government had brought up the matter with the Centre for easier governance in 2007.
“The BSP government was already taking initiative for the reorganisation of the state and the decision to bring a resolution in the assembly was taken under compulsion as the Centre was not taking any decision in this regard,” Mayawati told reporters.
Opposition leaders said it should be left to the States Reorganisation Commission to take a call on splitting UP as and when it is constituted.
Alleging that BSP government ignored Baba Saheb’s (Bhim Rao Ambedkar) Constitution by getting the House adjourned sine die, Leader of Opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav told reporters the government should have discussed the no-confidence motion and gone for voting.
He also accused the Speaker of acting as a BSP member.
About state’s reorganisation, SP said that people of the state were against splitting the state.
CLP leader Pramod Tiwari said his party favoured constitution of SRC before taking the decision to split the state so that resources division and other issues could be considered.
Earlier, the Assembly SESSION started on a stormy note with BJP members jumping into the well of the House while those from SP started slogan shouting against the government and waved placards.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma said the BSP government had full majority in the House but opposition members did not pay heed to him.
Amidst the din, the Speaker adjourned the question hour till 12.20 pm.
When the House met again in the presence of Mayawati, who was not present during question hour, the SP and BJP members jumped into the well demanding discussion on no-confidence motion.
Amidst the din, hurling of paper balls on the Speaker and alert marshalls trying to catch them, vote on account for the first four months of 2012-13 was passed by the House.
Tiwari alleged that BSP government acted against democracy and SP and BJP had helped the party in the job.
Terming proposal of division of state as mere “election stunt”, BJP Leader Om Prakash Singh said that Centre should not accept the proposal.
Accusing the opposition parties for the uproar and the sine die adjournment of the assembly and hatching a political conpiracy to defame the government, Mayawati said allegations that her government was in a minority was entirely baseless and false.
To a question regarding dissolution of the Assembly before time, she said the ruling BSP has complete majority and there was no question of going in for any such step.