BJP to revive demand for Telangana

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Y. Mallikarjun

Statehood issue has reached a critical stageTRS approach lacks 'common sense'TDP fails in its attempt to 'isolate' BJP

MAHABUBNAGAR: State BJP president N. Indrasena Reddy has asked cadre to brace up to launch a movement for division of Andhra Pradesh, apparently indicating that the party is keen on reviving the demand for separate Telangana.

Addressing the BJP State executive here on Monday, he recalled the party stand favouring smaller States for administrative convenience. Referring to the recent statement of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee who is chairman of the UPA sub-committee, he said it was clear that the Centre would not take the initiative on formation of Telangana. He said: " The Telangana issue has reached a critical stage."

He said the UPA sub-committee had no moral right to seek the BJP's stand on Telangana without making public its own stand. He wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene an all-party meet or appoint a committee to discuss the Telangana issue if the Government was sincere.

All-party meet sought

Mr. Reddy criticised the Telangana Rashtra Samithi for lacking "common sense" that the Congress which was in power both at the Centre and in the State should first respond on the issue.

The BJP president sharply criticised TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for "daydreaming" of isolating the BJP, splitting the NDA and joining hands with Left parties to form the Third Front. The Bihar Assembly results had dashed these hopes.

Claiming that the atmosphere in the State was favourable for the BJP, he said people were fed up with the "opportunistic politics and internal squabbles" of the TDP, the Left and the TRS. He asked the cadre to expose the 'anti-people' policies of the Government both at the Centre and in the State.

Former BJP national president M. Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurating the meet, urged party activists to get closer to people by organising struggles and ensure its emergence as an alternative in the State. Referring to the impending assumption of office by the JD(S)-BJP coalition in Karnataka, he said people's mandate was "now being respected."

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