BSP would support separate Telangana: Mayawati

BSP would support the bill for creation of separate Telangana state if it was introduced in the Parliament, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and party chief Mayawati said.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2011, 17:32 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
would support the bill for creation of separate Telangana
state if it was introduced in the Parliament, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister and party chief Mayawati said here on Saturday.

Stressing that her party was for smaller states, she said
even some other areas of big states, where weaker sections of
the population live, should be considered for a separate
statehood.

"People in Telangana are financially backward... As Dr
Ambedkar had said, we are for smaller states. We would support
Telangana state bill in the Parliament if it is introduced,"
Mayawati said at a meeting of BSP workers here.
The UPA government was misleading the people on this
issue, she alleged.

She also promised to make a dalit person the Chief
Minister of Telangana, if BSP were to come to power, adding
that the party would contest all the Assembly seats in the
next elections in Andhra Pradesh.

She also demanded that UPA government come out with a
national policy on land acquisition.
She alleged that both Congress and BJP tried to malign her
image by slapping false cases against her. Both the national
parties were exaggerating small issues in Uttar Pradesh, she
claimed.

PTI