Hyderabad: The BJP senior leader and former Union minister, Mr Ch Vidyasagar Rao, here on Monday felt that there was no link between the latest demand for division of Uttar Pradesh through second SRC and creation of separate Telangana State.
Talking to mediapersons at the State BJP office here, Mr Vidyasagar Rao took serious exception to some ministers advocating setting up of second States Reorganisation Commission for bifurcation of the State after the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee passed a resolution to constitute second SRC for division of the country’s largest State. Mr Rao pointed out that the AICC general secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi, going to UP and supporting the resolution for constitution of second SRC revealed that the Congress-led UPA government was committed for creation of smaller States. In this backdrop, formation of separate Telangana State was inevitable and it could not be linked to second SRC, he added.
The former Union minister said that though the Congress party had harped on constitution of second SRC during the electioneering for 2004 general elections, later it reversed its stand and made it clear that there was no link between setting up of second SRC and creation of Telangana State due to post-election developments. Besides, the Congress party had not only shelved the topic of second SRC, but also the Union Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, announced on December 9, 2009 that the process of creation of separate Telangana had begun. Even the Centre-sponsored Justice B N Srikrishna Committee on Telangana too did not talk about SRC anywhere in its report, he pointed out.
Stating that the agitation for Telangana reached its zenith and the sentiment was very strong among the people of the region, the BJP leader appealed to all the political parties in the region to set aside their party flags and agendas and move forward with the sole agenda of bifurcation of the State. Stating that his party will be holding a mammoth public meeting in Karimnagar on May 31 on Telangana issue, Mr Rao appealed to the leaders of all political parties to attend the rally and declare their resolve for separate State.
Referring to the challenge of the YSR Congress Party chief and Kadapa MP, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, to the main Opposition party to table a no-confidence motion against the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, the BJP leader has demanded an explanation from the Telugu Desam Party as to why it was shying away from doing so. He also explained that introducing a no-confidence motion does not mean an attempt to pull down the government. but pinpointing failures of the ruling party and government. Mr Vidyasagar Rao has alleged that Mr Chandrababu Naidu was deliberately refraining from tabling no-trust motion with an intention to prevent formation of separate Telangana. (NSS)