The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has been unable to create a State of Telangana and address the concerns of the people of the region and those of Seemandhra, the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Saturday.

Citing the formation of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said in a statement that the BJP had set an example on how States should be created.

Consistent support

“The BJP has consistently supported the proposal to create a State of Telangana. At the same time, we believe that justice should be done to the region of Seemandhra. The manner in which the Congress has gone about on this issue displays a complete lack of statecraft,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley said due diligence was carried out before creating the three States in 2000, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister and L.K. Advani headed the Home Ministry.

“The [then] Home Minister held wide consultations with the States. A comfort level was given to each of the States [by assuring them] that the creation of the new States would not adversely affect them,” he said. Unanimous resolutions were passed by the legislatures of the three States, he said. “Not a single protest took place in any of the States. As Law Minister, I visited all the three States for inauguration of the High Court Benches. There was an environment of celebration among the people.” In comparison, the BJP leader said, Telangana and Seemandhra suspected the intention of the Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party also came out in favour of separate Telangana. AAP in principle is in favour of a separate Telangana and smaller States and feels the unique character of Hyderabad should be recognised, provided the legal rights of Seemandhra are recognised and the issue of river water sharing is worked out to the mutual satisfaction of both, said senior leader Yogendra Yadav.

The BJP has supported the creation of Telangana. But the party believes that justice should be done to the region of Seemandhra: Arun Jaitley

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