“Samajwadi Party (SP) is not in favour of division of any State as it believes that smaller states cannot be the answer for backwardness,” he said here on Friday.
Speaking to media after meeting YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led delegation of YSR Congress Party, he said, “division is not the answer to the problems of a State. Netaji (our leader Mulayam Singh Yadav) had time and again said that our Party is not in favour of the division of any State.”
“Smaller states do not address the issues and to cite an example, Uttaranchal has been axed from Uttar Pradesh but many problems still exist there. There are many issues that are to be addressed and we firmly believe that division is not the right answer,” he said.
Welcoming YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his associates to the city on their maiden visit, Yadav said the issue should be discussed thoroughly in Parliament and state assembly.
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been touring the country and meeting leaders of national and regional parties to seek support for his fight against the division of Andhra Pradesh and the need to amend article 3 so that the Party in power at the Centre cannot misuse it for political gains.
He has so far met leaders of BJP, CPI, CPI(M), JD(U), RJD, DMK, Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.