Adilabad (AP): Accusing the UPA government of betraying the people over Telangana statehood demand, BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday asked the Centre to move a bill for formation of the state in the winter session of Parliament and said his party would support it. Covering Rajapalayam, Tirunelveli, Kadayanallur and Senkottai, Advani will later proceed to Thiruvananthapuram, the release said.
"A promise was made that the government was moving in the direction of formation of separate Telangana and a committee was formed. The committee submitted its report long back.” "But this government is watching as suicides are being committed for the (Telangana) cause", he said while addressing his first meeting after his yatra entered Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.
He alleged youth are committing suicides due to the "anger over being betrayed on the separate statehood promise".
Pointing to the victory of TRS in a by-election whose result was announced on Monday, Advani said the government could not delay the formation of Telangana anymore.
“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should announce that Telangana will be formed during the winter session of Parliament,” he said.
BJP, with its 116 members in the Lok Sabha and 50 in the Rajya Sabha, would fully support the formation of Telangana, Advani said. "If it is democracy, the will of the people should be respected", he said.
Advani spoke briefly about the twin objectives of his yatra—-elimination of corruption and bringing back blackmoney from abroad.
The senior BJP leader would tour Telangana districts of Andhra Pradesh for two days before leaving for Arunachal Pradesh on October 20 as part of his yatra.
"Those suicides farmers had committed because they could not repay loans. However, this is unprecedented that for a demand that at a time even the government had agreed that Telangana would be created and then the government went back on its word," Advani said.
"It was due to the anger and pain of being cheated that the youth are committing suicides," he added.
"There have been four bye elections but among them the most important is the by-election in Andhra Pradesh.” "I believe after this Andhra election result, the government should not waste more time and the PM should give a statement that in the coming winter session of Parliament Telangana would be created," Advani said.
A crowd carrying placards favouring creation of Telangana greeted the Yatra as it made its first stop after entering AP in Adilabad.
Party had cautioned Yeddyurappa: Advani
Virtually admitting embarrassment on account of B S Yeddyurappa's arrest in an alleged land scam, L K Advani on Tuesday said it will be difficult to win against the "corrupt" Congress if his party too is bedevilled by similar weaknesses.
However, he asked the Congress to see the writing on the wall in the wake of Monday's rout in byelections and said the UPA government could be pulled down if any of its allies chooses to do so.
Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, Advani initially parried a question on Yeddyurappa but later admitted that the party suffered embarrassment on account of former Karnataka Chief Minister's arrest.
"We don't take our internal weaknesses lightly. This thing was vindicated in Karnataka clearly. We had cautioned him but once the report (of Lokayukta on illegal mining) came, he had to quit. Small mistakes by others is embarrassing the party leadership. There may be chances of a slip up so I am telling everyone in the party to remain vigilant," he said.
Advani went on to add that the party was fully conscious of the fact that "no party can win the confidence of the people against the present corruption of the Congress party if it's own house is bedevilled by similar weaknesses."
He also described the present political situation as "very uncertain" and said no one can predict what is likely to happen. Someone in the government may say they will continue in power for another two years and someone in opposition may affirm that the government will not last long.
Terming the bypoll results as "significant," Advani said the Congress and its allies lost everywhere in the bypolls. The defeat of Congress was notable even in states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana where it is in power, he said.
Apart from the severe drubbing in the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, Congress lost all the three Assembly bypolls, results of which were declared on Monday.
On the issue of blackmoney and steps taken by the BJP-led NDA government in the past to bring it back, Advani said the laws were stringent at that time and banks in Switzerland were not parting with any information.
Attacking the UPA government on the blackmoney issue, Advani said the German government that time expressed its willingness to share it with those countries approaching it.
"The Indian Government did approach it and secure the list but that was neither made public nor efforts made to bring back the black money stashed there," he said.
Advani yatra in Tamil Nadu on Oct 27, 28
BJP leader L K Advani will address a public meeting at Madurai on October 27 during his two-day campaign in Tamil Nadu, the party said in Chennai on Tuesday. State unit president Pon Radhakrishnan said the yatra will pass through different cities of Tamil Nadu on October 27 and 28 before proceeding to Kerala.
Advani will address a public meeting at Madurai on October 27 in the evening and proceed to Srivillputhur the next day, a party release quoted Radhakrishnan as saying here.
Advani began his 38-day 'Jan Chetna Yatra' from Bihar on October 11 to take on the UPA government on the corruption issue and press for return of black money allegedly stashed abroad.
Adilabad (AP): Accusing the UPA government of betraying the people over Telangana statehood demand, BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday asked the Centre to move a bill for formation of the state in the winter session of Parliament and said his party would support it.
Covering Rajapalayam, Tirunelveli, Kadayanallur and Senkottai, Advani will later proceed to Thiruvananthapuram, the release said.