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Updated: November 13, 2013 15:04 IST
Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

BJP support to T Bill conditional: Bandaru Dattatreya

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Bandaru Dattatreya.
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Senior BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya on Tuesday said that his party was committed for the formation of separate Telangana but made it clear that extending support to the Bill would depend on whether or not the government followed the constitutional process.

Mr. Dattatreya told reporters here that the Centre should address the apprehensions being raised by leaders and people of Seemandhra before proceeding with bifurcation of the State.

The BJP would spell its stand only after the government introduced the Bill in Parliament and the Congress gave clarity on major issues, including the status of Hyderabad.

“We want the Centre to introduce the Bill during the winter session and pass it. We are, however, opposed to any move to impose Central rule or Governor Rule. The BJP will play a key role in the reconstruction of both Telangana and Seemandhra States after the bifurcation,” he said. The party would organise programmes from November 20 to December 5 to highlight the role played by the party in the formation of the separate State.

Mr. Dattatreya said Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had no moral right to visit the Telangana region.

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