The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday rejected the committee on Telangana set up by the Centre, terming it a dilatory exercise.
An all-party meeting was already held, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. Political parties favoured the creation of Telangana. What was needed now was a political decision by the Congress in power at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Javadekar “demanded” that the consultation needed for bifurcating Andhra Pradesh take place in the next one month, so that during the Budget session the Centre could introduce the constitutional amendment necessary to create Telangana.
He said the party rejected the Telangana committee as it did not even have proper terms of reference and was given no timeframe to complete its work. If at all a committee was to be set up, it should have been charged with identifying the nitty-gritty of bifurcation. The legal procedure was well laid out, and everyone was familiar with the process.
First of all, the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party should clearly state their view on bifurcation, Mr. Javadekar said. The BJP reckoned that two smaller States carved out of Andhra Pradesh would both be viable, and they would prosper rapidly and co-exist peacefully.