Alleging chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy of trying to create hurdles in the creation of separate statehood by stating that carving out a separate state might lead to aggravation of Naxalism in that region, the BJP warned that the chief minister’s action would prove counter productive for the party in the forthcoming elections.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, senior BJP leader Ch Vidyasagar Rao rubbished chief minister’s allegation that naxal movement would aggravate if the state is bifurcated. “The chief minister in order to delay the bifurcation was creating fear among the people in the name of naxalism. Such outbursts would not make the people of the region demoralised and they would continue their struggle for Telangana statehood,’’ he remarked.
“Naxal movement was not started in Telangana region. Before the merger of Hyderabad state with Andhra there was no naxal movement in the region. The naxal movement came from Andhra to Telangana and all the top leaders of the organisation were from Andhra,’’ he alleged.
Finding fault with chief minister to include Naxalism angle in his presentation on state bifurcation issue at the Congress core committee meeting held in Delhi, the senior BJP leader said the chief minister was misleading the party leadership on the bifurcation issue. He criticised the leaders for raising the naxal issue and said they were unnecessarily provoking the people of the region for political gain.
The BJP leader alleged that the preparation of road map on the issue of state bifurcation by chief minister, deputy chief minister and PCC chief was against the Constitution and the spirit of democracy.
The proposal of Rayala Telangana was to divide the people of the state socially and religiously, he alleged and added that the party would not allow this at any cost.
Commenting on BJP charging `5 for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s August 11 public meeting in the city, he said the Congress was unnecessarily making it a big issue. “The BJP is happy with the publicity the event is getting.”