Hyderabad: The State Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the Congress-led UPA
government at the Centre should own total responsibility for the political instability and paralysis of
administration in the State.
Speaking to mediapersons at the State party office here on Sunday, the senior party leader, Mr
Bandaru Dattatreya, said that the State legislature, the High Court and administration in the region
remained paralysed giving rise to doubts whether any government was functioning in the State. He said
that welfare schemes were badly affected and administration in the region has come to a standstill
owing to the non-cooperation movement launched by the Telangana employees ten days ago. Yet, there
was no response from the government, he lamented.
Pointing out that except the police, no other department was working in the region, Mr
Dattatreya deplored that the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, his cabinet colleagues and the
Leader of Opposition, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, were functioning for name sake. The BJP leader said
the plight of the government was imaginable when a responsible minister took part in a dharna
organised by the agitating employees in front of the Secretariat the other day. While the Chief Minister
was in a helpless condition, the Chief Secretary was not in a position to answer the employees, he
Mr Dattatreya said that the State had never witnessed such a helpless situation in the past. He
also said that no other State in the country faced such a pitiable situation so far. Lambasting the
government for its negligent attitude even as the exchequer was losing Rs 350 crores every day due to
the non-cooperation movement launched by the Telangana employees, he demanded that the
government pay salaries to the employees on March 1 whatever be the situation, otherwise, his party
would organise dharnas along with the employees before the Treasuries.
Holding the government’s erratic policies responsible for the financial crisis in the State, Mr
Dattatreya warned that the Congress party would have to pay a heavy price for the dire consequences if
the Centre failed to concede Telangana State immediately. He also condemned the remarks of the MIM
party leaders that the BJP would be strengthened in the event of formation of separate Telangana State.
Pointing out that the 48-hour bandh call given by the Telangana Political JAC evoked response
in the Old City of Hyderabad, Mr Dattatreya said that the MIM leaders should realize the fact that BJP
had given the bandh call. He also said that neither the Centre was in a position to hold a meeting on the
Justice Srikrishna Committee Report, nor the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, was in a
position to express his views to the political parties.
Criticising the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, for her stony silence on the Telangana
issue, he demanded that she make it clear whether the Centre would concede separate Telangana or not
so that the anxiety among the people will end and they would chalk out their future course of action.
He also feared that there will be threat to the communal harmony in the State if the present political
uncertainty continued any longer.
The BJP Telangana Udyama Committee chairman, Dr T Rajeshwar Rao, said that his party has
extended its total support to the Telangana JAC call for Rail Roko on March 1. He also condemned the
remarks of the Congress MPs, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal and Mr Sabbam Hari, that the Telangana
agitation was turning like Nagaland movement.
The State BJP vice-president, Mr S Malla Reddy, was also present at the media conference.