Former Union Minister and Congress MP Jairam Ramesh has once again called out for a divided Uttar Pradesh. He has repeatedly made a strong pitch to bifurcate the largest state of India. Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state of India with 400 million people living across 2,43286 sq km. The Congress MP wants it to be divided into four smaller states for more effective governance and to boost development of the under-developed and backward parts of the state. Jairam has decided to move a private member’s resolution in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
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Andhra Pradesh in 2014 was divided into two and India’s 29th state was born. Jairam Ramesh had played a key role in the division of Andhra Pradesh. Now he has been debating for Uttar Pradesh as he believes that because of having immensely large area and heavy population, the proper infrastructural, ecological and institutional development has become a very difficult task.
Earlier Jairam Ramesh had said, “This is my personal opinion for the last 15 years that good governance is not possible in Uttar Pradesh. Good governance is very difficult in today’s Uttar Pradesh. We should ponder over the future of Uttar Pradesh.”
The regional parties of Uttar Pradesh are divided in the opinion of a bifurcated UP. BSP chief Mayawati in November 2011 had shown his support by adopting a resolution in the state assembly to divide Uttar Pradesh into Bundelkhand, Pashchim Pradesh, Purvanchal and Paschim Pradesh. Whereas, the Samajwadi Party has never been supportive of the idea of diving the state. They believe that such administrative units are prone to problems due to lack of resources.