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Telangana is an election gimmick of Congress: BJP

PTI  Kolkata, August 03, 2013
First Published: 21:50 IST(3/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:52 IST(3/8/2013)

Terming creation of Telangana as an election gimmick by the Congress before Lok Sabha polls, BJP spokesperson Menakshi Lekhi today said a state reorganisation committee should be set up to look into justified and unjustified demands of statehood.

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"What I have make out of Congress policies is that, before creation of a new state lot of things are needed to be taken care of from population, budget, funding, capital city. Nothing has been done so far. What I feel is that it is an election gimmick before 2013-14 Lok Sabha polls," Lekhi told reporters here.

"If we look into the matter we will see that after 66 years of independence, out of 10 districts in Telangana region seven districts are backward ... If the issues of governance had been addressed properly then it would not have created any problem," said Lekhi.

Taking the note of the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland by the GJM, Lekhi said, "Even if there is a demand for Gorkhaland, then a state reorganisation commission should be set up, which will look into all the demands of separate statehood.

"And once for all everything would be settled. If a new state is formed then it should justify why it is formed and if a demand is rejected then it would justify why it was rejected," Lekhi said.


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