‘In 2000,Advani rejected Telangana’

Set to announce its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh,the Congress on Monday swung into action to deny the BJP,which has been supporting the creation of Telangana

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 30, 2013 1:47 am

Set to announce its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh,the Congress on Monday swung into action to deny the BJP,which has been supporting the creation of Telangana,the credit by accusing it of ignoring the demand when it carved out Uttarakhand,Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in 2000.

Congress general secretary incharge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh charged the BJP of “rejecting the idea of Telangana” in 2000. Admitting that it was “not an easy decision” for the Congress,Singh said that everyone has been heard on the issue and their view points have been taken into account; a “final decision would be announced tomorrow”.

Hitting back at the BJP,which has accused the Congress of vacillating on the issue,he said that L K Advani had refused to entertain the requests regarding Telangana in 2000. “It is a fact that they had rejected the demand for Telangana. They did not even refer it to the state Assembly (for a resolution),” Singh said.

Singh said that Telangana statehood is not a question of the Congress gaining or losing. “It’s a decision that has to be taken looking at the overall situation and in the interest of the state and nation,” he added.

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