Gadkari promises separate
Telangana if voted to power

HYDERABAD - The BJP would lose no time in formulating a bill on creation of separate Telangana state if voted to power in the 2014 elections, party President Nitin Gadkari has declared.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Sun 22 Jan 2012, 12:11 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

“We need the majority to form our own government at the centre. Once we get the public mandate, we will bring in a bill in the Parliament to carve out separate Telangana state,” he said.

The BJP chief was speaking after flagging off the “Telangana yatra” of his party functionaries on the banks of Krishna river at Makhtal in Mahbubnagar district. The state BJP president G Kishan Reddy and other senior state leaders are taking part in the 22-day-long yatra crisscrossing the Telangana region.

“The long cherished dream of the people of Telangana will become a reality when BJP is voted to power in the next elections. We are committed to the statehood cause,” Gadkari said.

The farmers, he said, would benefit immensely if a separate state was formed as they would get a fair share of river waters and would have a greater say in implementing irrigation schemes. The BJP would also work towards inter-linking of rivers for the benefit of farmers in the backward region, he said.The saffron party has been steadfastly supporting bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

In fact, it was the first political party to include the Telangana issue in the poll manifesto way back in 1999.

However, the NDA government could not keep up its promise, largely due to the stiff opposition to the division of the state from Telugu Desam Party which was then a key ally of the ruling coalition. I

n the present scenario, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and BJP have been in the forefront of the statehood movement while the major players like Congress and Telugu Desam Party have been unable to formulate a cohesive stand as they are divided on regional lines.

The BJP’s Telangana Yatra is aimed at creating awareness about the need for formation of Telangana state. “We want to sustain pressure on the UPA government to introduce

Telangana Bill in the budget session of the Parliament,” the state unit president Kishan Reddy said.

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