ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP stand on Telangana issue ridiculed



Special Correspondent

`Opposition party yet to come out with its response to UPA sub-committee letter'

BJP keeps Kakinada resolution on backburnerAICC sincere about statehood for regionCongress had extended support to formation of States such as ChhattisgarhCongress will not hesitate to bring pressure on high command

Hyderabad: The BJP's offer of support to the Telangana cause was ridiculed by the Congress leadership here on Saturday.

Responding to the BJP's latest stand on the issue, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president K. Keshava Rao and Telangana Regional Congress Coordination Committee (TRCCC) leader G. Chinna Reddy said on Saturday that the party should first clarify its stand on Telangana.

`Understanding with TDP'

They said the party had not responded to the letter written by the UPA sub-committee. It had kept on the backburner its Kakinada resolution convention extending support to the "one-vote-two-States" concept due the "understanding" between TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and former BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu. If the BJP was honest, it should give its consent to the UPA sub-committee in writing.

The AICC was in favour of Telangana and it had formed the sub-committee to explore the options. The Congress leaders said their party had unconditionally supported the formation of Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh when the NDA was in power.

Asking the Congress to clarify its stand was absurd as it never opposed the concept of smaller States.

Playing on sentiment

They accused the BJP of playing politics with the Telangana sentiment. It should go ahead and give its consent to the sub-committee before seeking a Bill in the Parliament, they said referring to the BJP president Rajnath Singh's suggestion.

"We will not hesitate to bring pressure on the high command to introduce the Bill once the BJP gives its consent," Dr. Chinna Reddy said.