Lalu supports Telangana, steers clear of Mithilanchal
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Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009, 18:23
New Delhi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday supported creation of Telangana state, but steered clear of the demand for carving out Mithilanchal from Bihar.

"We are for creation of separate states for the fulfilment of people's aspirations. There should be a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh," Lalu told reporters outside Parliament.

However, on the demand for creation of Mithilanchal state, Lalu was cryptic and said "I will talk".

Lalu, who was busy campaigning in Jharkhand elections, attended Parliament for the first time today during the winter session, which started on November 9.

Reiterating his support for creation of smaller states, he said "Telangana was a neglected area for long and that is why naxalism thrived there. Resignation of any MP or MLA should not affect it."

He said the party supported creation of separate states like Purvanchal and Bundelkhand.

When it was pointed out that smaller states like Jharkhand has become a den of corruption, he said corruption takes place in bigger states and also in the capital.

The RJD supremo was critical of government's role on Leberhan report. "There was nothing in the Action Taken Report. No strict action was taken against anybody. There was negligence and as a result, now people will be at liberty to do whatever they want."


First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009, 18:23

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