Telangana not an internal affair of Congress: BJP

BJP asked whether the statehood issue is an internal matter of the ruling party?

Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 21:20 PM IST

Hyderabad: Taking exception to Union
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad holding talks with Congress leaders
from different regions of Andhra Pradesh as part of efforts to
resolve the Telangana problem, BJP on Friday asked whether the
statehood issue is an internal matter of the ruling party.

"How can Ghulam Nabi Azad hold talks with Congress
leaders from different regions and say he is trying to resolve
the Telangana issue. Is it an internal affair of the Congress?
If the issue is to be discussed, Parliament is the appropriate
forum," BJP National Secretary K Lakshman told reporters here.

"Azad also says that the problem would be solved in
100 days. Is this not deceiving people? Why Sonia Gandhi,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi are silent on
the entire issue?" he asked.

Condoling the alleged suicide of a Telangana youth in
Delhi for the Telangana cause, Lakshman said the BJP would
like to instil confidence among people that it would deliver
the separate after it came to power.

"I was in Delhi yesterday. Because Congress is
deceiving (people) on the statehood issue, Sushma Swaraj
wanted us to give the assurance that BJP would give Telangana
after it came to power."

BJP functionaries in Andhra Pradesh would go to Delhi
and try to meet President and Prime Minister on the Telangana
issue, he said.

PTI