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UPA and Home Ministry Worried of More Agiations on Seperate States

UPA and Home Ministry Worried of More Agiations on Seperate States

UPA and Home Ministry Worried of More Agiations on Seperate States
Bodoland from Assam, Gorkhaland from West Bengal, Harit Pradesh or Paschim Pradesh out of Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha from Maharashtra.

With the Congress and the UPA deciding on creation of a Telangana State, a nervous Union Home Ministry fears it could lead to unrest and prolonged agitations in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal, where people have been demanding formation of new States.

Already Bodo and Gorkha leaders have given bandh calls in support of their demands — Bodoland from Assam and Gorkhaland from West Bengal, while leaders advocating creation of Harit Pradesh or Paschim Pradesh out of Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha from Maharashtra are also gearing up to launch fresh agitations.

Conceding that creating Telangana will lead to heartburning in several regions, senior Home Ministry officials believe there could be a spurt in protests and violence in several States.

“At a time when the Centre has deployed paramilitary troops in Naxal-affected States, we cannot afford to spare more forces in other areas. There could be more law and order problems in Andhra Pradesh as pro and anti-Telangana supporters are likely to up the ante,” said a senior official.

“Instead of taking a decision on creation of Telangana with political considerations in mind, the Congress should have asked the government to form a Second States Reorganisation Commission which is long due. They could have come out with some realistic answers to this complex problem of reorganisation of States instead of inviting trouble which now seems apparent,” a former Home Secretary told The Hindu on condition of anonymity.

Pointing to complexities in creating Telangana, he said the two States — Telangana and Andhra Pradesh — would find it difficult to settle complex issues related to water distribution, cadre, finance and pensions. Moreover, it could give a new lease of life to the Naxal movement in Andhra Pradesh that had been on a decline during the past few years, he warned.

Significantly, the Home Ministry has already received a resolution passed by the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 2001 for division of the State into four parts — Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Avadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh. The other state demands raised in the recent past include Saurashtra in Gujarat, Coorg in Karnataka, Koshalanchal in western Odisha, and Mithilanchal in north Bihar… FullStory