BJP demands referendum over Telangana issue

BJP slammed Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for his comment that political parties in AP should first make up their mind on Telangana issue.

Hyderabad: Slamming Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram for his comment that political parties in Andhra
Pradesh should first make up their mind on Telangana issue,
the BJP on Sunday demanded that the Centre should conduct a
referendum in the region.

In view of the prevailing political situation in the
state, President Pratibha Patil should take the initiative to
conduct a referendum in Telangana whether people there want
separate statehood or not, BJP state unit President G Kishan
Reddy told reporters here.

"Public opinion would be more important than consensus of
political parties," he said.

Referring to the Home Minister`s appeal that all
political parties in Andhra Pradesh should first "make up
their mind" and complete their process of consultation on
Telangana issue, the BJP leader said the people, irrespective
of their political affiliation, are in favour of a separate
state for Telangana.

"How can a consensus be arrived among the opportunistic
political parties, who provoked the people in the region, when
Home Minister Chidambaram had made announcement on December 9,
2009 on Telangana issue," Reddy alleged.

Alleging that both-- the ruling Congress as well as the
main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP)-- have lost their
credibility due to their double standards on the issue, Reddy
said the statement of the Home Minister shows the bankruptcy
of Congress as Chidambaram had announced two years ago that
the process for carving out Telangana state has began.

"It was unfortunate that various schemes, including
welfare programmes are not being implemented properly due to
the chaotic political and administrative situation in the
state in the last two years," he said.

Opposition Leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, called on
the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders for
deletion of controversial Clause 14 (F) of Presidential Order
of 1975 that makes Hyderabad a "free zone", Reddy said.

He claimed Sushma Swaraj telephoned him this morning
and informed that the Centre is likely to take a final
decision on the issue in a few days.

Responding to a Calling Attention Motion on Telangana
issue on Friday last, Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha that as
many as four political parties of Andhra Pradesh, out of
eight, have not yet "made up their mind" on Telangana.

"Kindly make up your mind fast," Chidambaram asked the
four parties -- Congress, TDP, MIM and YSR Congress -- which
are undecided.

"We are urging the parties: kindly complete your process
of consultation...then we can call a meeting," he said.


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