BJP on Wednesday said that the government should stop "hoodwinking" the people and carve out the state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh through a bill in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament.
"The government should come out with a bill on Telangana during the winter session of Parliament. We appeal to the government. You cannot bulldoze the sentiments of the people on Telangana issue," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Earlier in the day, BJP leader LK Advani said at a press conference in Nizamabad that his party will support any move to create Telangana and support a bill in this regard if the government brings it.
He had expressed regret at the growing number of people who had committed suicide for the cause.
Rudy echoed these views in New Delhi, saying there should be no further delay.
"The government cannot hoodwink the people. We will support a bill for formation of Telangana if the government brings it in Parliament," Rudy said.
BJP, which has always favoured formation of smaller states, maintains it wanted to create Telangana along with Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh but its the then NDA ally TDP did not agree to it in 2000.