TRS welcome to NDA fold, says Advani

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BJP leader concludes whirlwind tour of Andhra Pradesh

ADILABAD: Former BJP president and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani rounded off his whirlwind tour of Telangana on Thursday by declaring that any move by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti to join the National Democratic Alliance in future would be welcome.

Addressing a press conference here, he charged the Congress with reneging on its poll promise on creation of a separate Telangana State after seeking the mandate on the issue in 2004. Asked whether the BJP would organise an agitation seeking separate Telangana in case the UPA Government failed to introduce a constitutional amendment Bill in this regard, he quipped that the party would decide on the issue.

Encapsulating his impressions of the Government's performance at the end of the State leg of `Bharat Suraksha Yatra', he alleged that the Congress rule at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh was marked by `hathya' (murders), `athmahathya' (suicides) and `vishwasghat' (betrayal).

Elaborating further, he said the killings of the innocents by naxalites had been on the rise for the past two years and the soft approach ( of lifting ban and holding peace talks) adopted by the Central and State Governments was more than responsible for the situation.

Ryots' suicide

Referring to suicide by farmers, he said that more than 4,000 ryots had ended their lives in the State alone, and accused the Government of failing to provide succour to them.

Mr. Advani urged the Centre to take cognizance of tribal issues in a comprehensive manner.

This was necessitated in view of the judiciary's concern over environmental matters.

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