New Delhi: Charging the Centre with going on
the backfoot over the Telangana issue, BJP on Saturday said the
government is shying away after making a commitment to grant
statehood to the region.
"The government of the day (Manmohan Singh`s government)
is shying away after committing to give a Telangana state and
is now on the backfoot over the issue," senior BJP leader
Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Asking the Centre to respond to the Telangana demand
without delay, he said it is a reality which cannot be kept in
abeyance for a long time and warned that Congress will suffer
political losses due to "dilly-dallying" on the issue.
"The politics of the Congress is going to cost the party
not only in Andhra Pradesh, but across the country," he said.
The BJP has already made its stand clear by supporting the
formation of a separate Telangana.
The Centre, meanwhile, continued to grapple with the
situation arising out of the ongoing pro-Telangana agitation
in Andhra Pradesh with hectic parleys among senior Congress
ministers going on throughout the day.
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan today met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him about the situation in
the agitation-hit region.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy also
held a meeting with senior ministers Pranab Mukherjee and P
Chidambaram to discuss the situation arising out of the
Telangana statehood demand.
The meetings assume significance as the general strike in
Telangana region entered the 27th day today amid indications
that the agitation would be intensified in the coming days.