Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was on Saturday criticised by two opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh -- Telugu Desam and Praja Rajyam -- which said he was "adding fuel to fire" over the contentious Telangana issue.
Chidambaram also became the target of attack of BJP, with the party alleging that his statements on the separate statehood demand were only compounding the confusion.
"He (Chidambaram) is against the bifurcation of his native state Tamil Nadu but is ready to divide AP. Why these double standards? It only exposes the vengeful attitude of Chidambaram against the fast-developing Andhra Pradesh," TDP senior MLAs Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar and Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy said here.
Addressing a press conference at the Telugu Desam Legislature Party office, the MLAs alleged that the Union Home Minister was "adding fuel to fire" through his statements on the Telangana issue and pushing AP into further turmoil.
"Except vested interests, there is absolutely no basis for division of AP. If backwardness is a basis for bifurcation, then there are many backward areas even in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions," they said.
They wondered how the Centre could go ahead with the proposed bifurcation of the state when there was no consensus even within the ruling United Progressive Alliance.