Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu has demanded that the Centre address the concerns and dispel fears of Seemandhra people before moving forward on the Telangana Bill.

At a press conference here on Sunday, he said the BJP would exert pressure on the UPA government to address the concerns of Seemandhra people. Even in Telangana, some leaders have expressed strong objections to certain provisions in the draft Bill. He said the Bill needed certain corrections and hoped the Centre would realise that. “The ball is in the Centre’s court,” he added.

He said the BJP in principle was committed to the creation of Telangana State and would not deviate from its stand. He also denied any difference of opinion in the party on the issue of bifurcation. He appealed to the legislators to discuss the draft Bill in a dispassionate manner and not to incite regional feelings as it would harm the interests of both regions.

Parrying a question on the likelihood of an electoral alliance between the BJP and the TDP, he said the BJP central leadership had not yet discussed the issue. The issue of tie-ups would be discussed and decided after the announcement of elections.

Joining issue with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks that corruption was making the country bleed, Mr. Naidu alleged that whatever he preached was not being practised by the Congress party, which had been at the helm for the last 10 years.

Referring to Mr. Gandhi’s comment that good news about the government was not reported by the media, Mr. Naidu sought to know whether scam after scam could be classified as good news.