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The Demand for Division of Uttar Pradesh and Its Implications

Ajit Kumar Singh (aksingh101@rediffmail.com) is former Director of the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow.

Significant interregional development disparities plaguing Uttar Pradesh today are often attributed to its large and unwieldy size. There is a strong prima facie case for the division of the state into smaller units to improve governance and development. But the demand for the state’s division, raised from time to time by all major parties except the Samajwadi Party, has presently receded into the background in the absence of mass support for it from any region. In the political discourse surrounding the 2017 UP assembly elections, it appears unlikely that restructuring of the state into manageable units will emerge as a significant issue.

I am grateful to Rahul Varma for his support in the analysis of the Centre for Study of Developing Societies/Lokniti data.

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