Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the onus of getting a comprehensive A.P. Reorganisation Bill introduced in Parliament after addressing the concerns of all regions was on the Centre now.
“It is the Centre’s responsibility as to how quickly it would get the draft Bill from the Assembly, prepare the final Bill addressing the problems of all concerned,” he said reiterating the perceptible change in the party’s stand on the issue of statehood to Telangana. The BJP was talking about doing justice to Seemandhra regions, from the beginning, which were feeling let down in the draft Bill, he maintained while addressing a press conference here. When his attention was drawn to media reports on the changing attitude of the party towards Telangana, Mr. Naidu affirmed: “There’s no change in our thinking and stand on statehood to Telangana. We want the State to be formed with 10 districts and Hyderabad as its capital. There’s total unanimity in the party on the issue. We are not responsible for what appears in media.” It would not be wise for politicians to talk based on ifs and buts, he said suggesting that media should not provoke people as the elections were approaching fast. Turning to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJP leader said with its “anarchic” actions it had proved that they could not mitigate people’s problems but could only agitate. People did not expect that they would get disappointed with the party so early. The fledgling party was trying to divert people’s attention from its inability to resolve problems and portray themselves as martyrs, Mr. Naidu said.
The BJP leader criticised MIM’s attempt to portray Nizams as model secularists and quoting Nizam’s gazette of 1931 he pointed out that there were only 7 per cent Hindus in Nizam’s army, 12 pc in civil services and 10.7 pc in gazetted officers. “It’s unfortunate that somebody else (TRS) is also indulging in Nizams’ praise”, he said.