November 11th, 2011
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New state formation is no childs game: Advani

AdvaniNew Delhi: BJP leader L. K. Advani on Friday said that new states should not be formed “casually” and more consultations were needed on the issue. He was talking in the backdrop of Chief Minister Mayawati’s plans to divide the state.

“On the division of Uttar Pradesh, I would say any decision should only be taken after consultations. Offhand nothing can be stated,” he said, adding that it has already been divided into two parts as the demand for a separate Uttarakhand had been pending for a long time.

“States cannot be formed casually. We also formed three states. But the demand for those states had continued for a long time and after proper consultations and consideration, we worked towards the formation of those states (Chhatisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand).”

On the issue of formation of a separate Telangana, he said that this “demand has been there for 25—30 years, but in the past two years, it has been handled in such a way by the UPA government that many people have committed suicide. And in the past 35-40 days all work has come to a halt.”




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