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BJP slams Congress on Telangana, but will support statehood bill

Naidu said "You never consult...You want to insult. What is this political tamasha?"

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Slamming the for enacting a "political drama" over the issue, senior leader today asserted his party would certainly support the statehood bill in but with certain riders.

would support the Reorganisation Bill "without compromising on the basic principles" and only after securing "justice to all" (regions), he said here.

Lashing out at General Secretary for his statement that the Bill, which stipulates creation of state, would get Parliament's nod if the co-operated, Naidu said "You never consult...You want to insult. What is this political tamasha (drama)?"

Addressing the state executive committee meeting of this afternoon, the MP said the had no right to question his party over the statehood issue.

"The Prime Minister proposes and the (AP) Chief Minister rejects. The delayed a decision on for ten years calculating votes and percentages that will accrue to it. Is it a party at all?"

While 1,000 youths lost their lives in for the cause of a separate state, 350 died in Seemandhra for a united state, the former President said.

"Is not the responsible for this? Now they are building temples for Sonia Gandhi and hailing her as the mother of What is this tamasha going on in the state?" the former Union Minister asked.

Referring to Singh's remarks that they permitted the leaders to "defeat" the Bill in the State Legislature, Naidu said that there could not be a more ridiculous claim than this.

Asserting that the BJP, which favours creation of smaller states, would not go back on Telangana, with ten districts and Hyderabad as the capital, Naidu, however, wanted the Centre to address the concerns of both the regions.

"Our demand is that justice should be done to all regions. Without compromising on the basic principles, we are ready to support the Bill (in Parliament)," he said.

State President G Kishan Reddy and other leaders attended the meeting.

First Published: Mon, February 03 2014. 17:19 IST