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BJP committed to Telangana state: Advani

The leader of opposition criticised the UPA government for failing to keep its electoral promise.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 16:49 IST

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Wednesday said his party was ready to support a bill on granting separate statehood to Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh provided the central government tabled it.

"We are ready to support a bill on Telangana if they (the central government) bring it in the coming session of parliament," Advani told reporters in Hyderabad before resuming his 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra' in Telangana.

The leader of opposition criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for failing to keep its electoral promise of forming a separate Telangana state and blaming the BJP for the failing.

"It is for the government to bring forward a bill. It is they (Congress) who had promised Telangana state and have failed to fulfil it. Why are they pushing the blame on us now?" he asked.

"The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) had come to us to seek support but we told them categorically that it is for the UPA to bring a bill," he said.

The TRS, a constituent of the UPA, is demanding a separate state for Telangana but the demand is opposed by Left parties, the key outside supporters of the coalition government.

The opinion within the Congress party, too, is divided on the issue.

Asked why the BJP was not communicating its stand on Telangana in writing to a government sub-committee on Telangana, Advani questioned its legal sanctity, saying: "Who has constituted it?"

The sub-committee headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has often blamed the BJP for the delay in submitting its report.

The three-member committee says the main opposition had not responded to its letters seeking its views on the issue.

Asked why his party had failed to create a Telangana state when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition was in power at the centre, he said the NDA government had taken the stand that a new state could be formed only after the concerned state assembly passed a resolution in this regard.

Advani pointed out that three states of Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were formed accordingly during the NDA rule.

He said though the BJP was in favour of a separate Vidarbha, it could not be realised for want of any such resolution by the Maharashtra assembly.

Though the BJP had passed a resolution in favour of a separate Telangana before the 1998 elections, it had kept the issue on the backburner as the state's Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was extending crucial outside support to the NDA government, opposed the bifurcation of the state.

Having snapped its alliance with the TDP, the BJP has revived the Telangana issue to regain its lost ground in the region.