New Delhi: Amid indications by the government that it would soon take a decision on the Telangana issue, the BJP on Sunday favoured an expeditious formation of the separate State.
“We support the Telangana cause. The BJP is committed to forming the State. The government should grant it immediately,” party president Rajnath Singh told reporters after attending the BJP’s SC Morcha National Executive meeting here.
Maintaining the party’s position on the vexed issue, he said Telangana statehood would become a reality if the BJP came to power at the Centre after the general elections.
Mr. Singh’s statement came at a time when Congress has decided to convene the UPA Coordination Committee meeting on July 31 to take a view on the Telangana issue.
Taking a diametrically opposite line, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav made it clear in Bangalore that his party would vote against the bill to create Telangana in the event of the UPA government making such a move in Parliament.Mr. Yadav told presspersons that he was against carving out new States from the existing ones. The experience of dividing Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Assam had not been good.
At one point it might lead to the division of the country itself, he warned. –PTI