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UPA should move a bill on Telangana in Parliament: BJP


First published: June 3, 2013, 11:45 PM IST | Updated: June 3, 2013
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UPA should move a bill on Telangana in Parliament: BJP
The BJP has been in the forefront of separate Telangana agitation.

Hyderabad: Seeking to mount pressure on the ruling Congress, BJP on Monday demanded that the government should move a Bill in Parliament for formation of separate Telangana or convene a special session for the purpose. "BJP will support it (the bill) fully without any condition. If necessary, you convene a special session for forming separate Telangana and BJP will support it even then," BJP President Rajnath Singh said.

He was speaking at a public meeting where former TDP leader and MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy merged his pro-Telangana outfit with the BJP. The BJP has been in the forefront of separate Telangana agitation.

Slamming Congress for "betraying" Telangana people on the promise of forming the separate state, he blamed the Congress-led government for the reported suicide by a large number of youths in support of Telangana demand. He said his party would create Telangana state within a few months if NDA came to power after the next general elections.

Singh also asserted that BJP would not ally with any party that is opposed to formation of separate Telangana even if it failed to get clear majority in the elections. "Congress-led government has been a failure on all the fronts like checking price rise, ensuring internal and external security and is also mired in corruption," he alleged.

Singh wondered why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to continue in his post though allegations of corruption surfaced and even the Supreme Court made strong comments against the government. "BJP, on the contrary, never tolerated corruption as seen in senior leader LK Advani submitting resignation as MP in the hawala issue and Yeddyurappa stepping down as Karnataka Chief Minister recently," he said.

Noting that Congress accused BJP for not letting Parliament run smoothly, Singh said BJP, being the principal opposition party, is "not a cheerleader in an IPL match to clap even when corruption allegations surfaced". BJP is in favour of passing the food security and land acquisition bills with some amendments, Singh said, adding government can advance the monsoon session of Parliament for the purpose. "The government can convene the monsoon session from July 1 if it wanted," he said.

"UPA government is weak and incapable of protecting the security and interests of the people," the BJP leader alleged.

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