Staff Reporter

Bandaru Dattatreya calls for intensifying struggle for statehood

Assembly resolution has no significance, it is only a convention: BJP leader

Normal life can be restored only when Telangana Bill is tabled in Parliament

NIZAMABAD: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Bandaru Dattatreya has opined that formation of Joint Action Committee with all parties is a step in the right direction in the Telangana movement.

Addressing a press conference at Borgoan village in Nizamabad mandal on Monday, he said as per Article 3 of the Indian Constitution, Assembly resolution had no significance.

It was only a convention and even if the resolution was not passed in the Assembly, the Bill could be moved in Parliament, he noted.

Accusing the Congress and the TDP of diluting the process for formation of Telangana after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement, he said they were perturbed over their political future and so diluted it. He said Sonia Gandhi had insulted the Telangana people by not giving appointment to Telangana Ministers.

Giving a clarion call for intensifying the movement earlier at the ‘Rachhabanda’ programme, the BJP leader warned the Centre that it should not test the patience of Telangana people.

Normal life had gone out of gear and normality could be restored only when the Telangana Bill was put in Parliament, he observed.

Claiming that the ‘Rachhabanda’ programme evoked good response, Mr. Dattatreya said the party so far conducted it in 580 villages and collected the signatures of sarpanches.

Signature campaign

It would submit list of signatures to President Pratibha Patil.

Local legislator Yendala Lakshminarayana and party district president B. Linga Reddy also spoke.