BJP offers conditional support to PM on Telangana bill, asks govt to ‘put its own house in order’

While the BJP has offered conditional support for the Telangana bill, it has asked Cong to spell out the package for Seemandhra too.

New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 6:02 pm
Protesters at Jantar Mantar against the Centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI) Protesters at Jantar Mantar against the Centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI)

BJP today offered conditional support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the crucial Telangana bill, making it clear that the  government should address concerns of the people of both Telangana and Seemandhra. The Prime Minister, who is seeking to bring about a consensus on the issue, which has seen repeated disruptions in the Parliament, held discussion with top BJP leaders over lunch at his residence.

During the meeting, that lasted about an hour-and-a-half, BJP leaders told Singh that the party was ready to support the Telangana bill as its stand on the issue was clear, but sought spelling out of a package for the Seemandhra region as well, the sources said. The Prime Minister had invited BJP leaders L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley over lunch to end the current impasse in Parliament and discuss crucial pending bills. Union Ministers A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath and Sushilkumar Shinde were also present during the meeting.

The sources said the BJP leaders informed Singh that their stand on Telangana has not changed and asked the government to “put its own house in order” as Congress MPs were in the forefront in disrupting Parliament. While the government and BJP were tight-lipped about the meeting, some key legislations including the Communal Violence bill and anti-corruption bills that are pending in the Parliament, were also discussed, but BJP was non-committal on its support to them.

The sources said, while the government assured a package for the Seemandhra region, BJP sought its spelling out in the bill. They said the government is still not clear about when to bring the Telangana bill in Parliament, which has to be tabled in Lok Sabha instead of Rajya Sabha as it is a money bill.

Congress had on Tuesday cracked the whip expelling six MPs from its party for opposing the formation of Telangana. They had given a notice of non-confidence motion against their own government.

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    AP
    Feb 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    It is shame on you BJP leaders to meet congress leaders. Now we need to question our self what is the difference between BJP and Congress?
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    kiran
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm
    did telengana support BJP. No. But if BJP support seemandhra it will be ured 20 MP seats and will route out congress and occupy it's position in Andhra. not doubt in it. If it supports telangana it's going to get nothing.
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    kiran
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm
    did telengana support BJP. No. But if BJP support seemandhra it will be ured 20 MP seats and will route out congress and occupy it's position in Andhra. not doubt in it. If it supports telangana it's going to get nothing.
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    kalyan
    Feb 13, 2014 at 2:30 am
    As usual, false propaa. In 1999 elections, Seemandhra selected three BJP MPs. And, since 2004, it is Telangana that majorly voted for Congress.
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    kalyan
    Feb 13, 2014 at 2:30 am
    As usual, false propaa. In 1999 elections, Seemandhra selected three BJP MPs. And, since 2004, it is Telangana that majorly voted for Congress.
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    sam
    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    Seemandhra never supported the BJP. Let them go running to "Sonia Madam". The BJP should stay loyal to Telangana and not worry about a state that usually votes "secular" parties.
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    TeluguNadu
    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm
    I oppose AP bifurcation, but support Namo/BJP, both very strongly. The BJP can and SHOULD RUN on the idea that under their rule the bifurcation will be implemented in a manner that is FAIR to both Telanaga and Seemandhra.The BJP has consistently maintained the view that smaller states make for better governance, and they supported creating a Telanaga state on that basis. The way they created 3 new states during the NDA rule was infinitely different from the way INC/UPA has handled the AP issue. As Namo pointed out in his HYD speech, people on both sides of the newly bifurcated states rejoiced the creation of the new states. Sonia/INC/UPA gross mishandling has set AP on fire... my heart bleeds to see what is going on in AP.The BJP can stand in support of bifurcation, but also champion the principle that justice MUST be served for the people of SeemaAndhra (SA) as well in the process.Politically, the BJP never made inroads into SA because they never tried hard to do so (although Venkaiah Naidu hails from that region). And that was to be expected, perhaps, since they teamed up with the TDP for quite a while.As things stand, the TDP can potentially win big in SA, while the BJP can potentially win some seats in TG. For the BJP/TDP team to do well, they need sound and effective political strategy and communication.
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    TeluguNadu
    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm
    I oppose AP bifurcation, but support Namo/BJP, both very strongly. The BJP can and SHOULD RUN on the idea that under their rule the bifurcation will be implemented in a manner that is FAIR to both Telanaga and Seemandhra.The BJP has consistently maintained the view that smaller states make for better governance, and they supported creating a Telanaga state on that basis. The way they created 3 new states during the NDA rule was infinitely different from the way INC/UPA has handled the AP issue. As Namo pointed out in his HYD speech, people on both sides of the newly bifurcated states rejoiced the creation of the new states. Sonia/INC/UPA gross mishandling has set AP on fire... my heart bleeds to see what is going on in AP.The BJP can stand in support of bifurcation, but also champion the principle that justice MUST be served for the people of SeemaAndhra (SA) as well in the process.Politically, the BJP never made inroads into SA because they never tried hard to do so (although Venkaiah Naidu hails from that region). And that was to be expected, perhaps, since they teamed up with the TDP for quite a while.As things stand, the TDP can potentially win big in SA, while the BJP can potentially win some seats in TG. For the BJP/TDP team to do well, they need sound and effective political strategy and communication.
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