Congress` Telangana decision lacks conviction, says BJP

Alleging that Congress is always guided by political interests, BJP on Friday demanded that the party get the Bill for formation of separate Telangana approved by Union Cabinet in the next few days.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2013, 19:18 PM IST

Hyderabad: Alleging that Congress is always guided by political interests, BJP on Friday demanded that the party get the Bill for formation of separate Telangana approved by Union Cabinet in the next few days.

Talking to reporters here, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar demanded that the Centre expeditiously get the Bill on Telangana cleared by Union Cabinet in the next three-four days and then push for further necessary action.

"People have doubts about Congress actions, when they will actually do it. First Digvijay Singh (Congress AP in-charge) said four months, (Ghulam Nabi) Azad said five months, (Home Minister Sushil Kumar) Shinde said six months," he said.

"On December 9, 2009, they made an announcement that the process of formation of Telangana will be initiated. If they would have gone ahead with that plan, hundreds of lives (in Telangana) would have been saved. Let me also mention that Congress has not taken the decision with conviction. It has taken under political compulsion," he said.

Javadekar, who is also a Member of Parliament, felt the Congress-led UPA Government can bring the statehood Bill now if it has political will and that the Law Ministry would have a draft Bill.

"The Government must declare how it would like to go ahead with building a new capital post-bifurcation and also announce a package for development of Rayalaseema region in view of its backwardness," Javadekar demanded.

Congress would have also assuaged the feelings of people of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema and addressed their concerns about various things, including Hyderabad, if the ruling party had conviction, he maintained.

BJP, a strong votary of smaller states, believed in peaceful co-existence of two states (in AP) with mutual respect for feelings of others, Javadekar added.

PTI