Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Reacting to the Congress Working Committee’s decision to make Telangana a separate state, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll panel chief Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that it is a victory of people`s power.
Expressing his views on Twitter, the Gujarat Chief Minister wrote: “Today we pay our respects to all those who struggled and gave their lives for a new state of Telangana. This is a victory of people`s power!”
Hitting out at the Congress, Modi wrote, “Instead of facing the people of AP (Andhra Pradesh) all these years, Congress hid behind committees & reports. Will they apologize to people of AP for this?”
“Due to the power of the people, Congress is forced to do in the last few days what it shied away from doing in the last 9 years on Telangana,” Modi wrote.
Further criticising the Congress for taking a delayed decision, the BJP leader said, “Congress` conduct on Telangana has neither been transparent nor consistent. It must assure people it will not act the way it earlier did.”
The CWC gave the green signal for the formation of a separate state of Telangana in a crucial meet that was held in the national capital.
Addressing the media, senior Congress leaders, Ajay Maken and Digvijay Singh formally announced the decision that was taken at the CWC meet.
The decision for the formation of a separate state was taken despite strong opposition from party leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to the formation of Telangana; they have warned the party of the problems that could follow the division.
Given the developments that have taken place Tuesday, it may be said that the Congress by backing the formation of Telangana has simply bought time. Questions remain whether the resolution to form a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh will be passed by the state Assembly.
In such a scenario, the Chief Minister may recommend dissolution of the House and seek fresh mandate from the people saying that they were in favour of Telangana state.