Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party state unit president G Kishen Reddy on Sunday appealed to President Pratibha Patil to direct the United Progressive Alliance Government to conduct a people’s poll (referendum) on the Telangana issue in the region.
Talking to media persons at party office at Nampally, Mr Kishen Reddy appealed to President Prathibha Patil to take the initiative on holding a referendum on the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh as the various political parties have failed to come up with a unanimous stand.
He expressed confidence that the people’s poll will find a permanent solution to the controversial and sensitive issue.
“The opinion of people is crucial for finding an amicable solution to the statehood issue,” the BJP leader said.
Condemning the statement of Congress MP from Eluru Kavuri Sambhasiva that the BJP has no moral right to comment on Telangana state as it has no base in the state, Mr Kishen Reddy shot back at the senior leader, asking him how many seats the Congress has in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
He ‘advised’ Mr Sambhasiva Rao to first consult the Telangana Congress leaders to know their problem and then talk about others.
Responding to deletion of Clause 14F from the Presidential Orders, the BJP leader stated that Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj had assured him that the file would be cleared by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the next two or three days.
The MLA also appealed to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to postpone the SI recruitment examination for 45 days as the aspirants were disturbed by frequent bandhs and agitations on the issue.
He also pointed out that a delegation of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha leaders, under the leadership of the Morcha’s state president K Venkateswarlu, has left to New Delhi to participate in the `Chalo Parliament’ rally against corruption on August 9.(INN)