BJP expresses solidarity with Telangana agitation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 22:00
New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday expressed solidarity with the ongoing Telangana agitation and asked the government to give a clear timeline and start the process of formation of the state.

"BJP expresses its solidarity with the agitating people of Telangana. The government should immediately declare the timeline and set the process in motion for formation of a separate state without any further delay. It should not test the patience of the people of Telangana," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He claimed over 8.5 lakh employees are on strike which has entered its 9th day.

"The teachers and students have also joined the strike. Four national highways are blocked, 54,000 road transport corporation employees are on strike, 65,000 coal workers in Singareni have stopped working. Advocates and doctors have also joined the struggle," Javadekar said.

500 cinema halls, temples and auto rickshaw are also closed, he added.

"This is a raging Telangana against its betrayal by the Congress which has backstabbed the people by doing a u-turn on its announcement of December 9, 2009 to start the process of separate state of Telangana," Javadekar said.

He also asked the Congress MPs who have resigned in protest against the delay in formation of the state to come out openly and tell the Lok Sabha Speaker to accept their pending resignation.


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 22:00

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