Saturday, January 23, 2010
BJP to use T to corner Cong in LS: Rajnath
Reiterating BJPs support for a separate Telangana bill in Parliament, former BJP president and senior leader Rajnath Singh said on Friday that the party would use the issue to corner the Congress in the budget session of Parliament. The BJP leader was in the city to call on party leader M Venkaiah Naidu, who is recuperating at a city hospital. Speaking to the media, Rajnath Singh alleged that the Congress mishandled the Telangana issue. We are clear on our stand. We are for smaller states and will support the Telangana bill if it is introduced in Parliament, said Singh.
The Congress party should not drag the issue as it is affecting the sentiment of the people living in the region. I urge students not to commit suicide and run the movement in a peaceful manner, he said.
Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will be in the city on Saturday to address in the Telangana Vidhyarthi Ranabheri at the Nizam college grounds that is being organised by ABVP, the student wing of the party.
TDP tells Cong not to leave JAC
Reiterating that a separate Telangana could be achieved by forcing a constitutional crisis, Telangana TDP MLAs on Friday urged the Congress to be a part of the all-party Telangana JAC and asked all MPs to tender their resignations. Telangana TDP MLAs who met here discussed at length the ultimatum issued by Congress members to the JAC. TDP politburo member Nagam Janardhan Reddy said the Congress should be part of the JAC for taking the Telangana agitation to a meaningful end. He said, The Congress MLAs repeatedly telephoned and appealed to us to join the all-party JAC, but now are backing off. Everybody should be part of the JAC and should be bound by the decisions of JAC. I think it is time that even ministers sincerely commit themselves to the decisions taken in JAC.
He said there was no truth behind the argument that a conspiracy was being hatched against the Congress in the JAC. He said even if two states were formed, then Congress would be in power in both the states as they would have simple majority in both the regions. He said all TDP women MLAs would take part in the relay hunger strike on January 24 at Indira Park. Referring to the statements by Union law minister and state Congress affairs in-charge Veerappa Moily on the need to prevent a constitutio-nal crisis (dissolution of the Assembly ), Janardhan Reddy said, If there is fear of the Assembly being dissolved , then the Congress will have to abide by the December 9 statement. TDP leader Nama Nageswar Rao said MPs of all parties should be in the forefront of T movement and must resign.
Cong not leaving, says Damodar
Congress legislator Damodar Reddy brushed aside news that his party was staying away from the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) and said they were an integral part of the movement and the JAC. The Congress has been instrumental in the formation of JAC. It is we who brought all parties under one roof. There is no truth in reports that Congress is backing off, he said.
Reacting to the role of JAC convener M Kodandaram, he said the latters job is to inform people and media about JAC meetings and not direct the leaders. He said Telangana Congress leaders decided to constitute a political action committee (PAC) having representation from each district. The purpose behind the idea of PAC is to hold discussions with all members before attending JAC meetings, he said. Reddy said the party MLAs and MLCs would visit New Delhi on January 26 and mount pressure on the high command to announce the process for the formation of Telangana.