In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday spoke against its decision to divide Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana, saying, the state should not be divided when its people do not want it.
“I think it (the issue of Telangana) has gone out of gear, terribly out of gear. You have seen 70-80 per cent of people do no want division, yet a division is taking place….The people of the state do not want division. We should not divide,” he told reporters as the Parliament was adjourned today once again over the issue.
When told that the Cabinet, of which he is a member, had approved the division of the state, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy said he did not attend that meeting as he was away in Jammu for an event.
Abdullah said the demand for the separate state has been there since the time Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister but it was “handled and kept under cover”.
MPs supporting the creation of a separate Telangana state and those against it have been creating uproar in the Parliament and stalling proceedings. The government has cleared the bill for the creation of Telangana.
As soon as the Lok Sabha proceedings began, supporters and opponents of separate Telangana rushed to the Well raising slogans.
In the Rajya Sabha, there was ruckus over Telangana and other issues with slogan-shouting TDP, DMK and AIADMK members trooping to the Well leading to two adjournments, including one as soon as the House proceedings began.
In a frontal attack on the BJP, Gandhi said the BJP made only tall claims but delivered little after coming to power.