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BJP yet to discuss new states other than Telangana, Gorkhaland

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2009 18:27 IST
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The BJP on Monday hinted that it is yet to take a call on demands for new states other than Telangana and Gorkhaland, even as its senior leader L K Advani asked Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders to call off their agitation as tripartite talks are on to discuss their demand.

When asked about demands from various quarters for formation of new states, Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters, "We are in favour of Vidarbha but our ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena is opposed to it. As for Telangana, earlier also we were in favour of forming it but TDP, which was our ally then, was opposed to it."

"Other demands for new states have not even come up for discussion within the party," she added.

This comes at a time when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has said she favoured trifurcation of her state.

BJP supports the demand for Telangana and Gorkhaland.

Meanwhile, a delegation of GJM leaders, led by their general secretary Roshan Giri, called on Advani and other senior BJP leaders on Monday.

Swaraj said Advani asked the leaders to call off their bandh and hunger strike as tripartite negotiations between GJM, West Bengal government and the Centre are on.

"Three rounds of talks have already taken place and the fourth round will take place on December 21," Swaraj said.

Darjeeling MP and expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh kept away from the meeting between GJM and Advani.

Singh had raised the issue in the Lok Sabha earlier.