Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu asserted that it was not its will but desperation in the wake of ‘Modi wave’ sweeping the country that made the Congress move the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill to carve out Telangana.
“If, as the Congress says, it truly had respect for the wishes of people, why didn’t the Congress act before? It could have moved the T-Bill anytime it wanted since 2004,” he said. “Why didn’t the Congress think of a capital before going ahead with the bifurcation?” Mr. Venkaiah Naidu asked.
At a press conference here on Tuesday, the BJP leader said from the beginning, it was the BJP that proclaimed its pro-Telangana stand while assuring Seemandhra people that their interests be protected. “We have kept our promise to people of both the regions,” Mr. Naidu said.
The BJP leader slammed the Congress, charging it with inefficiency in dealing with the situation in Andhra Pradesh, even when it was in power in the Centre and the State. “The imposition of President’s rule is a clear example of the helplessness of the Congress party in tackling the problem posed by a dissident Chief Minister,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Naidu inaugurated a website www.bandarudattatreya.org, www.bandarudattatreya.info and www.bandarudattatreya.co.in, an initiative of the BJP’s IT Cell convener K. Kiran Chandra and built by party’s advisor in Secunderabad Parliamentary constituency Sarala Ketineni and Sumanth, both techies. Party leader Bandaru Dattatreya said the user-friendly site would help people sign in, from booth to State level and get acquainted with the information pertaining to constituency development.