Telangana: Now set up commission for other states, says BJP

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 31 2013, 03:18am hrs
The BJP has welcomed the decision to create Telangana, but has demanded the setting up of a second States Reorganisation Commission to look into statehood demands elsewhere in the country.

We have always been in favour of Telangana state, BJP president Rajnath Singh told The Indian Express soon after the Congress Working Committee meeting Tuesday.

Asked about the BJPs position on demands for Gorkhaland or Bodoland, Singh said: We were in favour of the Second States Reorganisation Commission earlier too. We now demand that the government should set it up and seek a report within a specific timeframe.

Earlier in the day, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters at the party headquarters that the BJP backed statehood for Vidarbha as well. BJP supports Telangana and Vidarbhas demand, Javadekar said.

Aware that the Congress would use Tuesdays decision on Telangana in the Lok Sabha election campaign, the BJP sought to highlight the betrayal of the regions people over the last nine years.

Todays announcement (by the Congress) is the victory of the people of Telangana. BJP has always been in favour of Telangana. Congress promised it in 2004 but dilly-dallied for nine years. It has been a story of the struggle of the people of Telangana and nine years of betrayal by the Congress, Javadekar said.

The NDAs agenda in 1999 promised creation of three states, and it was honoured. The Congress, in contrast, made a promise in 2004 but betrayed people for nine years, the spokesperson said.

We will support the Bill for creation of Telangana in Parliament.