Now, Prashant Bhushan draws flak for supporting Telangana

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Hyderabad, Jan 19: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and national executive member Prashant Bhushan faced ire of Seemandhra protagonists here on Saturday after he declared his party's support for the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh between Telangana and Seeemandhra.

Addressing the party's volunteers at AV College, Bhushan said that the demand for a separate Telangana is justified as the people of the region think those in power are responsible for its backwardness. He said the AAP backs smaller states for it firmly believes in decentralisation of power.

The protesters asked Bhushan to focus more on issues like corruption

Bhushan's remarks over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh led to angry reaction from the supporters of those prefer a united Andhra, who sought an explanation from the AAP leader. A Samaikyandra member screamed at Bhushan, saying the latter should focus on issues like corruption and others and not rake up a sensitive issue.

This happened while he was being escorted to the stage for his public address. The situation turned tense for some time with protesters raising slogans both in favour of and against the bifurcation of the southern state.

Describing the issue as a deep one, Bhushan said the demand for Telangana has arisen because power has got concentrated in the hands of a few and key issues of the region are being neglected. He said the same is happening in other parts as well and hence there should be decentralisation of power to ensure that people have a bigger say.

The Seemandhra protesters were not the only one to protest against Bhushan. A group of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha supporters also entered the meeting and protested against the AAP leader over his controversial remark on deployment of army in Jammu and Kashmir. They were sent off by the policemen present at the meeting.

Bhushan, however, found support from many Muslim leaders present on the occasion.

The AAP leader, a lawyer by profession, faced flak a couple of times in the recent past for making controversial remarks on Kashmir and Naxalites. His remark also saw the AAP's office in Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh getting ransacked by right-wing elements.

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