Left parties, TDP strongly against formation of separate State
BOODHAN POCHAMPALLY( Nalgonda dist): The UPA sub-committee on Telangana is still consulting leaders of different political parties and trying to reach a consensus about carving out a separate State.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said though the sub-committee had asked for consultative meetings to be held on the issue once a month, only two such meetings had taken place until now.
"While some parties are in support and some are opposed to the idea of a separate Telangana State, others are silent. I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions," said Mr. Singh, who is a member of the sub-committee.
Elaborating, he said while the RJD, NCP, BSP and RPI were in favour of Telangana, the Left parties and TDP were strongly against the formation of a separate State. The Congress, BJP, DMK and BJD were keeping mum on the issue.
To a question, the RJD leader said, "When we can remove unemployment, the demand of Telangana too will vanish."
Later, talking to reporters at Hyderabad, Mr. Singh wondered how Telangana could be achieved when there was no consensus among the major political parties. Even in the eventuality of Congress favouring it, how could it be achieved when the Left was opposed, he asked.
He said the BJP had not yet sent its opinion to the sub-committee.