Congress not sincere on Telangana: BJP

BJP attacks ruling party for 'miserably' failing to handle Telangana issue.

New Delhi: Attacking Congress for 'miserably' failing to handle Telangana issue, BJP on Friday questioned its sincerity, asking why it has not expelled leaders opposed to the creation of the new state in violation of the party line.

"Congress is insincere over the creation of Telangana and even in addressing the concerns of Seemandhra. They are insincere to both. If the party would have been sincere, those who violated the CWC resolution would have been expelled," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said Friday.

To establish its sincerity on the issue, he said, the Congress should act against those going against party resolution. "But they have not done anything. Their Chief Minister sits on dharna. Their own MPs are disrupting Parliament, their own MPs are moving no confidence motion.

Why they were not expelled from the party. It's an action against party line," Javadekar said. Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Congress-led UPA government of doing politics on the Telangana issue to suit its interest.

"This government is not bothered about Andhra Pradesh or Telangana. They are only interested in doing politics over the issue," Prasad told reporters outside Parliament. He said this when asked for his reaction about reports that the government has proposed a hefty financial package for the Seemandhra region and declaring Hyderabad as union territory to end the Telangana crisis. Prasad said during the formation of Jharkhand, BJP led government at the Centre amicably settled the issue even as RJD chief Lalu Prasad had threatened against dividing Bihar.

Prasad said BJP had always been demanding that Telangana Bills should be passed and concerns of Seemandhra should be taken into account. A special meeting of the Union Cabinet is being held Friday for considering the Telangana bill amid expectations that it will be brought in Parliament next week.

Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government and his party were keen that the Bill for creation of Telangana is passed in this very session. "It is commitment of our party and the commitment of the Congress Working Committee and also commitment of the Cabinet that we would like to have a separate Telangana state," Azad said.

"In the last few months there were several meetings and the final meeting was held Thursday, and Friday it will be discussed in the Cabinet. After getting cleared by the Cabinet, it wil be our priority that in this very session it is passed," he said.

Meanwhile, on the claims by Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta Express and other blast cases, that the RSS leadership had "sanctioned" these terror acts, Javadekar said Aseemanand had written a letter to jail authorities denying the interview in which the charges against RSS chief were made.

( Source : PTI )
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