Bring Telangana bill in Parliament, BJP tells Congress

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javedkarNew Delhi, July 30;NEW DELHI: As the Congress-led ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) paved the way for formation of a separate Telangana state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded that the government should bring a bill on it in the monsoon session of Parliament, scheduled to begin from August 5.

“There has been a demand for giving statehood to Telangana with Hyderabad as the capital and an integral part of the state but Congress has been dilly-dallying on the issue. We do not know what it is going to do. Congress has betrayed the people of the region for the last 56 years,’’ BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar alleged.

“We reiterate our demand for Telangana. We do not want the Congress to only make an announcement but also bring a bill in Parliament in the monsoon session,’’ Mr. Javadekar said, adding that it will be passed by both Houses.

The party spokesperson recalled that the Congress had made an announcement in Parliament on December 9, 2009 that the process of formation of Telangana has begun. “Three and a half years have passed since then but nothing has been done. The government has betrayed the people,’’ he alleged.

“Our party has said at the national level that it is in favour of formation of Vidarbha (in Maharashtra) and Telangana. It was in our agenda in 1999 elections. Congress had promised Telangana in 2004 when it came to power,’’ Mr. Javadekar said.

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