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Rajnath backs separate Telangana

Special Correspondent

BJP's national executive to endorse the party's Kakinada resolution

HYDERABAD: BJP president Rajnath Singh announced here on Saturday that his party's national executive would endorse the eight-year-old resolution adopted by the State unit at Kakinada favouring separate Statehood for Telangana.

Speaking at a meeting of party workers and earlier at a news conference here, Mr. Singh said the Central Committee of the BJP was "fully positive" towards the demand for separate Telangana. "We want Telangana from the inner core of our hearts," he said.

Mr. Singh's categorical assertion raises the lid on the Kakinada resolution, which has been kept in cold store since 1998 by the BJP high command because of its association with the Telugu Desam, a party strongly opposed to separatism. He said the national executive would decide the course of action for pursuing the demand.

He blamed the Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for betraying the people of the region by promising separate Telangana and backtracking later after getting the electoral mandate. There could not be a bigger fraud on the people than this.

The BJP had stuck to its promise of creating Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Uttaranchal within a year of coming to power at the Centre in 1999. A similar promise had been made by the Congress on Telangana before the 2004 Assembly polls. "Two years have passed but nothing has happened," he remarked.

Answering questions of reporters, he stated categorically that UPA sub-committee on Telangana had not sought his party's views. "When did he ask us?" he said when his attention was drawn to the statement of sub-committee chairman Pranab Mukherjee that the BJP had not responded to repeated letters from him.