‘BJP took up issues crucial for the development of Seemandhra at the time of passage of the Bill in RS’

BJP was always clear in its ideological commitment for the creation of Telangana and while extending support for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh foresaw the problems that Seemandhra would face, senior BJP leader K. Haribabu maintained.

“It has not backed out on creation of Telangana as a matter of policy and if other parties expected something else from BJP it is not responsible for it,” he said answering questions at a press conference here on Thursday.

TDP president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said at a meeting at Vizianagaram on Wednesday that though he campaigned for justice for Telugus for six months before the Telangana Bill was passed, “BJP behaved differently.”

NDA tenure

When the NDA was in government only the creation of three states was on its national agenda though the Kakinada resolution was made in 1998. Only in 2006 it was approved by the party at the national level, Mr. Haribabu recalled. BJP was in alliance with TDP led by Mr.Chandrababu Naidu during the NDA tenure.

BJP successfully took up issues that were crucial for the development of Seemandhra at the time of passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, he said. He admitted that in the Lok Sabha it was hurried through.

NDC criteria

The Polavaram project was proposed as an irrigation project but it was finally made multipurpose project with deemed approval from the Centre and no approval required from the Telangana state to be formed. Besides all the areas that would face submergence were included in Seemandhra clearing any obstacles for taking up the project. On the special status to residuary Andhra Pradesh for five years, he was sure that the loss in revenue would qualify it under National Development Council criteria. He exuded confidence that the BJP would come to power and extend it to 10 years. Revenue loss to residuary Andhra Pradesh owing to Hyderabad being in Telangana will be made good from the Consolidated Fund of India in 2014-15 and with the Planning Commission’s approval later, he said.

Party city president P V Narayana Rao and leaders T. Subbarami Reddy, Kasi Viswanatha Raju and Prakash Reddy were present.