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Updated: July 5, 2013 17:26 IST

Regional parties must not eye Lok Sabha polls, says former AP CM

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Former Chief Minister Nadendla Bhaskara Rao attending a function in Tenali on July 3, 2013. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar.
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Former Chief Minister Nadendla Bhaskara Rao attending a function in Tenali on July 3, 2013. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar.

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nadendla Bhaskara Rao said regional parties must confine themselves to their respective states and contest general elections by forming an alliance with a national-level party.

“It is my personal opinion that regional parties should not contest Lok Sabha elections. It is better to support one of the national parties,” Mr. Rao said at the Gannavaram airport on Friday while leaving for Hyderabad after a brief visit to his native district Guntur.

He said that regional parties could contest Lok Sabha elections by forming an alliance with a national party before elections and their alliance should continue till the term of the house is completed.

The former Chief Minister explained that he made the suggestion because regional parties had brought pressure on the Union government to listen to them.

He said that in future, regional parties may create many problems at the Centre and also for the ruling party, adding that perhaps after ten years, the ruling national party at the Centre will be forced to bring a legislation banning regional parties from contesting Lok Sabha polls.

Mr. Bhaskara Rao served Andhra Pradesh as Chief Minister only for a period of one month in August 1984 by dethroning the then Chief Minister N T Rama Rao of the Telugu Desam Party and resigned later, after huge public pressure and agitations in the State.

On the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, he said, “I will not comment on the issue at this moment”.

The downside of this perspective is, if a "ruling" National Party does
not have any representation from a particular Region, it will not be in
a position to understand the needs of the people from that region and
hence will not be inclusive when a Central Policy is made, which
obviously affect that Region as well.

In fact, MPs from all the regions must have a representation and equal
say in central policy making. Also I would like to quote here, Dr.
Ambedkar proposed equal weightage (voting power) to all States
irrespective of their size, so that Smaller States with fewer MPs do
not suffer.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 7, 2013 at 14:44 IST

This statment makes lot of sense.A regional party should confine itself to state politics.At national level, a regional party should have no role to play.Any contrary posture is very negation of national integration.Too much interference of regional parties at national level (that is to say in Parliament)may one day even lead to disintegration of the countries.Regional parties,by definition,whip up regional feelings and therefore,they are a menace to the Nation.Legislation suggested by Mr Bhaskara Rao,as early as possible, will be in the direction.

from:  nandurisomaya
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 23:10 IST
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