BJP to stall Parliament proccedings on Telangana issue

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Hyderabad, Sep 29 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party will stall the functioning of Parliament during the Winter Session in protest against the Congress-led UPA Government's alleged refusal to introduce a Bill for the formation of a separate Telangana state.

Talking to reporters here today, BJP Andhra Pradesh unit President and former Union Minister B Datattraya claimed that while his party had taken a clear-cut stand on the issue, both Congress and Telugu Desam Party were adopting ''double standards.'' Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha L K Advani had consented to corner the ruling Congress, which had come to power aligning with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, which fought the last elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly on the plank of a separate state.

Referring to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil's ''vague'' stand that the Government would initiate necessary action after evolving a consensus on the subject in reply to a letter from BJP MP Sushma Swaraj, he said the BJP, the main opposition party in Parliament, had already made its stand clear through its resoloution for formation of Telangana state in its National Executive meeting.

Mr Advani, as also BJP President Rajnath Singh, had vociferously advocated creation of a separate Telangana state to hasten development of the backward region, Mr Dattatraya said, adding it was for the Congress party to make up its mind. A broad consensus would be there if the Congress party took a decision in keeping with its ''poll promise''.

The party would step up its campaign for bifurcation of the state by touring village after village, he said.


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