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‘BJP will support bill for separate Telangana state’
HYDERABAD/ UTTAN (MAHARASHTRA), JUN 6 (IANS):
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Published on 7 Jun. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari Sunday said his party was ready to support a bill for the formation of a separate Telangana state if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government brings it in parliament.
Asserting that BJP was “100 percent” for separate statehood to the Telangana region, he told reporters here that the Congress party was playing with the sentiments of Telangana people.
“If Congress party is sincere on Telangana issue, let them bring a bill in Parliament. BJP will support it,” he said.
Gadkari, who arrived here on a three-day visit -- the first since he took over as party chief, blamed the Congress for complicating the Telangana issue.
“The Congress party declared that it will carve out a separate Telangana state but later backtracked. It is playing vote-bank politics on the issue,” he alleged.
“This is not the way to solve a problem. The Congress party is, in fact, creating more problems. The present confusion is because of its policies,” Gadkari said.
He also said that the Srikrishna committee formed by the central government to look into the Telangana issue was a waste of time. “This is just a time-pass,” he remarked.
The BJP president blamed the policies of the UPA government for the miseries of farmers in the country. He alleged that farmers’ suicides were continuing due to the “anti-farmer” policies of the government.
He said that the BJP, for the last four months, has been demanding a halt to future and forward trading in essential commodities. “The government is exploiting farmers. Neither the farmers are getting remunerative prices nor the consumers are being benefited,” he said.
BJP adopts resolution on good governance
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)at the conclusion of its two-day national convention here Sunday evening adopted a resolution emphasising “pro-active and pro-people good governance” in states under its rule.
The resolution - coined as P2G2 - was passed at the concluding day of the convention on good governance - “Su-raj Sankalp” - held at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini here at Uttan, around 40 km north-west of Mumbai.
The resolution in detail dwells on rule of law, participatory democracy, consensus - not conflict, institutional reforms, accountability and transparency.
According to the resolution, “The BJP remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure governance with a difference, governance that is sensitive to the aspirations of all sections and strata of society, including minorities. Governance that would socially, politically and economically empower women, SCs and STS (the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes).”
The resolution added: “The BJP would strive for Saksham, Samriddhishali and Shaktishali (capable, prosperous and powerful) Bharat, a nation which can truly aspire to emerge as a superpower, a country with happy, contented people. In keeping with the philosophy of integral humanism, this Su-raj Sankalp (good goverance resolve) reflects our determination to guarantee excellence in governance.”
Making her concluding remarks, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj urged the assembled delegates, including chief ministers of five of the six BJP-ruled states, to give attention to minor details, accord recognition and respect to the opposition in their respective states.
Illustrating her point, Sushma Swaraj explained how, when she was the health minister at the centre, she made it a habit to check out whenever any member of parliament was admitted to hospital and also send flowers.
“Wherever the party is in power, it must also behave on similar lines as an example of good governance,” she said.
As many as 67 ministers, ministers of state from eight states - six BJP ruled states and two where the party is an alliance partner - took part in the convention. The six BJP ruled states are Gujarat, Karnakata, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The two states where the party is an alliance partner are Punjab and Bihar.
Besides the chief ministers of BJP ruled states, 20 office bearers and 40-odd central leaders attended the convention.

 
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