BJP for expeditious formation of Telangana

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RAJNATHNew Delhi, July 28;Amid indications by government that it would soon take a decision on the Telangana issue, BJP on Sunday favoured an expeditious formation of the separate state.

“We support Telangana cause. The BJP is committed to form the state. Government should grant it immediately,” party chief Rajnath Singh told reporters after attending the BJP’s SC Morcha National Executive meeting here.

Maintaining the party’s position on the vexed issue, he said Telangana statehood will become a reality if BJP comes to power at the Centre after the general elections.

Mr. Singh’s statement came at a time when Congress has decided to convene the UPA Coordination Committee meeting on July 31 to take a view on the Telangana issue.

The BJP had accused the ruling party of dilly-dallying on the matter.

Andhra Pradesh Congress leaders are divided on the issue.

Opposing any division of the state, Congress MPs from rest of Andhra Pradesh including Union Ministers M.M. Pallam Raju, K.S. Rao, Chiranjeevi and D. Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K. Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday in a delegation to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

The MPs have told Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if Andhra Pradesh is divided.

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