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BJP for creation of Telengana, Vidarbha states

Written by: Staff

Raipur, Sept 2: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M Venkaiah Naidu today said his party was in favour of creation of new states of Telengana and Vidharba.

Addressing a press conference here, he said his party had favoured carving out these states from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively while it was in power at the centre.

However, it did not materialise as Telugu Desam and Shiv Sena, which were coalition partners in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), did not favour creation of these new states, he added.

Replying to a question, he did not agree that the NDA would be weaked with parties like Trinamool Congress and National Conference coming more closer to the Congress in their respective states. '' NDA is for the centre and not for the states'', he added.

Claiming that the United Progressive Alliance (NDA) was ''cracking up,'' he said the TRS had already left the coalition.

Criticising the Congress for the ongoing controversy over Vande Mataram, the former BJP president said all those who were opposing to recite the national song must be punished under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.

Mr Naidu, who was here to inaugurate the national executive meet of BJP mahila morcha, admitted that women were yet to get due representation in the party organisation.

'' I have no hesitation to admit it. The situation in BJP is like in that any other party. Its is because of weakness of our political system'', he added.


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