Staff Reporter

Venkaiah Naidu participates in ‘Rythu poru baata’

Party to approach Supreme Court on Karnataka issue

Venkaiah predicts mid-term elections in 2008

RAMAGUNDAM (KARIMNAGAR DT): Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and former national president M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday opined that the Andhra Pradesh should be separated into two and Telangana state formed at the earliest to avoid confrontation in future.

“It is better to get separated as brothers. If the Congress government fails to form a separate Telangana State, we will materialise it by including it in the next election manifesto as was done for the formation of three new states earlier,” he said.

Mr. Naidu was in the district to participate in the ‘Rythu poru baata’ from Ramagundam to Peddapalli demanding minimum support price of Rs. 1,000 per quintal for paddy and other farm produce. Talking to newsmen at the AP Genco guest house in the Ramagundam industrial belt, he said that they would pressure the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the formation of Telangana state by introducing a private bill on Telangana statehood in Parliament.

Reacting to a query, he said that the MPs, who were elected on Telangana statehood issue in 2004 elections were silent. He alleged that the Congress MPs had deceived people of Telangana after being elected on the statehood issue.

To a query, he said that political crisis in Karnataka would come to an end soon and the BJP would form government in that State. He said that all the 129 legislators had given written affidavits to the Governor supporting formation of BJP government. But, the governor was the same in spite of the party having a majority, he said.

Gujarat polls

He said that the governor should not stop the formation of BJP government in name of stability. Reiterating that they would parade all the legislators before the President on the formation of BJP government, he said that they would also approach the Supreme Court.On Gujarat elections, he said that the BJP would win the elections on the issue of development of the State on all fronts.

He said that Gujarat was the only State in the countryproviding 24-hour three-phase power supply to about 14,000 and odd villages.

He also said that the Gujarat State was appreciated by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the Planning Commission for securing highest investments.

He also predicted mid-term elections to the Lok Sabha in 2008. Left parties’ support to the UPA government would not continue and would break on the nuclear deal issue.

BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya, leaders – N. Indrasena Reddy, G. Ramakrishna Reddy and others were present.