The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday lashed out at the Congress for bringing to the fore bifurcation issues whenever it faced difficult elections. Inaugurating a brain-storming session attended by leaders from Telangana here, Mr. Naidu said it was no different now with Congress hastily going ahead with the bifurcation process for getting mileage in the 2014 elections as its defeat appears imminent. Significantly Errabelli Dayakar Rao, convenor of Telangana TD Forum is stated to have clarified that he was not joining the Congress as was being speculated in a section of media.

The Congress decision in favour of bifurcation of the State was more for electoral gains, Mr. Naidu said. That was the reason why it was in a hurry to complete the process before elections skipping well- established conventions and not even looking at the timing. He said the ruling party’s political motive was clear from the way YSRC came to know of the CWC decision four days in advance while TRS responded almost instantly and positively to AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh’s hint of a possible merger. It was a joint conspiracy by Congress, YSRC and TRS against the TDP.

TDP recognised the sentiments of the people of Telangana and passed resolution in support of it in the Polit Bureau in 2008 and did not change its stand. At the same time it made it clear in the resolution itself that the Centre should ensure equal justice to people of other regions. He recalled that it was TDP that developed Telangana region. But all that was brought to a nought by corrupt Congress rule.