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UPA Announced Separate Telanaga Without Thinking: Sushma

PTI 23 Jan 2010, 21:49:47 PM IST

The leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday in Hyderabad alleged that the UPA government announces decisions before giving any serious thought on the burning issues.

"Any government generally after going through pro and cons of the issue takes decision, but this is (the UPA) first government which announced its decision for forming separate Telangana state without any serious thoughts on the decades old issue," the BJP senior leader Sushwa Swaram told reporters here.

Taking a dig at the Congress, she said the Home Minister P Chidambaram came out with a decision on December 9 on Telangana, but the UPA government suddenly changed its stand saying that due to the changed circumstances "there was a need to have more consultation on the issue and it wanted to arrive at consensus after discussing it with all political parties.

The former union minister blamed the UPA government and Congress for the present "crisis" in Andhra Pradesh, adding, the matter was being dragged in the name of consensus.

She questioned "how much time the Congress party wants to have for consensus on the decades old Telangana issue."

Sushma Swaraj, who arrived here to address a public meeting at Nizam College Grounds organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in support of separate Telangana state, expressed confidence that the region would definitely get separate statehood.

Sushma Swaraj on Saturday  reminded the Congress leadership of the promise made by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on carving out separate Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, if the unification experiment failed. 

"Pandit Nehru ne vachan diya tha ki Telangana ka Andhra me vilaya ek prayog ke roop me hai aur agar ye asafal raha toh, Telangana ke log apna rajya alag se vapas maang sakte hain (Nehru during unification of Andhra Pradesh had promised merging of Telangana region with AP was only an experiment, and if it failed, Telangana people could reclaim the region)," Swaraj told a rally. 

Addressing the public meeting organised by Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) here in support of Telangana, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said she was reminding AICC president Sonia Gandhi that the Congress party and her family was bound by Nehru's promise, who was not only the prime minister, but also head of the Gandhi family. 

Alleging that the Congress had been deceiving the people of Telangana for the past four decades on the issue, the BJP leader asked the Congress high command not to further delay the process of forming Telangana which was resulting in death of innocent people including students.  

Swaraj reiterated that her party has been supporting the agitation for separate Telangana and would fight till 'injustice' meted out to the region was rectified.  "Congress and TDP may speak in different tones over forming Telangana, but I reassure that the BJP's commitment is firm and we will work in getting justice to the people and the region which has been neglected for years." 

Appealing to Telangana sympathisers particularly students not to end their lives, she said, "please live to watch the state being formed," predicting that Telangana state will be a reality.  She urged the pro-Telangana activists not to resort to violent acts saying it should be a peaceful movement. "Our support to Telangana does not mean opposition to Andhra," she added.  Criticising the state Congress government for not granting permission for the ABVP public meeting, the former Union minister said, "they (ABVP) had to approach the court for the permission."  

She thanked the judges for upholding the fundamental rights of expression by according permission for the public meeting. PTI