Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that by not allowing a debate to take place on the AP Reorganisation Bill in the Assembly, the legislators are doing injustice to the people who elected them to highlight their problems and concerns.

He observed that a thread-bare debate on the Bill sent to the Assembly by the President would be useful to the people of all regions in the State.

The debate would bring out opinions of all sides and would provide an opportunity to address the concerns of Seemandhra people who were feeling let down by their elected representatives, Mr. Naidu said addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

“The Centre, Parliament and parties have the responsibility to find answers to the concerns being expressed by people here,” he maintained. There was no change in BJP’s decision on formation of separate Telangana and seeking redressal of Seemandhra people’s concerns, he said.

On the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJP leader said it was not a national alternative as it lacked pan-India presence. “There are many other examples in the country which had similar or better debut in politics including M.G. Ramachandran’s AIADMK and N.T. Rama Rao’s TDP,” Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said.

The BJP’s poll bugle was likely to be sounded at the party’s national executive to be held on January 17 and 18 and national council on January 19 in Delhi, he stated.

Reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement of his “retirement date” the BJP leader said the country’s image had taken a severe beating in the international community’s view during the last 10 years.

The vital indices on country’s economy, inflation, fiscal deficit, foreign exchange reserves, growth rate in manufacturing and agriculture sectors and others were indicators of the UPA’s performance.

On the PM’s criticism against Narendra Modi, Mr. Naidu said Mr. Modi’s emergence would definitely prove disastrous to the Congress. He felt that it would have been better had the PM explained the qualities and qualifications of Rahul Gandhi to lead the country.