BJP asks govt to bring bill on Telangana in next Parliament session

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 19:04

New Delhi: Demanding creation of Telangana
state, a BJP delegation from Andhra Pradesh Wednesday met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and asked the government to
table a Bill in this regard in the next session of Parliament.

"We met the Prime Minister and he gave us a patient
hearing. We reminded him about the declaration made by the
Home Minister a year ago that the process of Telangana
formation would be set in motion," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu
told reporters outside Parliament here.

The delegation including party`s state chief G Kishan
Reddy and former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya offered
full support to the government if a Bill for the purpose was
moved by it in the next session.

"We urged the government to table a Bill for the
creation of separate state of Telangana in Parliament and said
the BJP will support it once it is there," Naidu said.

He said the Prime Minister agreed with BJP`s
contention that any delay in the matter was not in the
interest of the state.

"We reminded him that undue delay was not in the
interest of the state to which the PM responded that delay and
uncertainty were not good for a progressing state like Andhra
Pradesh," Naidu said.

The Prime Minister, he said, assured the delegation
that further steps in this direction would be taken after
receiving the report of Srikrishna Commission.

The BJP leaders also demanded that cases against
student leaders involved in the Telangana agitation be
withdrawn by the state government.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 19:04
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