Hyderabad: The BJP senior leader and former Union minister, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, has demanded that the Congress-led UPA government stop its “dramas” on the Telangana issue and make it clear whether it was willing to concede separate State or not.
Speaking to mediapersons in the State party office here on Saturday, Mr Dattatreya said that welfare schemes and developmental activities in the State have been affected very badly due to paralysis in the State administration. He wondered at the silence of the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, when the Congress legislators, MPs and ministers of the region have declared that they would resign en masse for the cause of Telangana State.
Pointing out that the Congress party split vertically with the emergence of the YSR Congress Party, Mr Dattatreya felt that the mass resignations of the Telangana Congress elected representatives would result in Constitutional breakdown in the State. The BJP leader said that the AICC leader incharge of State Congress, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, who arrived in the city the other day, commenting that the Telangana issue cannot be solved in a day or two and his failure to recognize the intensity of the separate State agitation was painful.
He said that while the people of the region were agitating for demerger of Telangana from united Andhra Pradesh since the last five decades, the Congress governments at the Centre were constituting committees to put the issue in cold storage. Instead of taking the reports of various committees on Telangana into consideration, the Centre’s emissary commenting that the issue cannot be solved in a day proved his irresponsible attitude towards the problem.
Mr Dattatreya warned that the people of the Telangana region were not in a position to remain mute if the Congress High Command failed to spell its attitude on State bifurcation and trying to buy time.