BJP’s new district unit president P. Surender Reddy said that their party leadership was conscious of the strong sentiments in favour of the Samaikyandhra movement in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions but the party’s national policy in this regard would remain paramount in the overall scheme of things.

He further said that there was nothing that the BJP would do to totally ignore the feelings of the people in these regions. However, a decision was taken at the highest level in favour of smaller States to which the BJP cadres would adhere to under any circumstances, he added.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Surender Reddy informed that their party machinery was preparing for an agitation against the government’s failure to provide quality power supply to the people, including the agriculture sector. Due to prolonged power cuts, people were suffering and pressure would be mounted on the government to solve people’s problems in this regard.

BJP general secretary K. Sudhakar Reddy, city president Mandla Eeswaraiah and other leaders were present on the occasion. The newly elected office bearers of the BJP district and city units held a meeting to chart out their future course of action for discussing problems of the people in the district and organising agitations in this regard.

On the party’s future prospects in the district, the new leadership is said to have started deliberating on various aspects. Foremost among this is the issue of the BJP’s policy with regard to smaller States in the context of the demand for separate Telangana and the strong sentiments in favour of Samaikyandhra in the other two regions.

Some leaders said that it was indeed becoming a hurdle for the BJP to go to the people at the grassroot level because of the policy in favour of smaller States. “We have represented this matter to the State level leadership several times. It will be certainly taken up in future,” said a city-based leader.

‘The party will not ignore the feelings of people in the two regions, says Surender Reddy, the new president of Nellore BJP