Visakhapatnam (AP): The BJP on Saturday said it has extended support for creation of a separate Telangana state as smaller states would pave way for good governance and faster development.

Speaking to reporters, BJP’s national spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said, "Smaller states would develop faster with transparent administration and accountability which is witnessed in states like Chhattisgarh, Uttrakhand and Jharkhand that were formed when the NDA government was in power at the Centre."

Claiming that there was nothing wrong in creating smaller states, she said both Telangana and Coastal Andhra regions in Andhra Pradesh would develop if separate Telangana is created.

When asked why separate Telangana was not created during the NDA regime itself, she said it was not possible at that time as the main supporting party Telugu Desam had opposed the move and there was also lack of unanimity among the political parties.

Regarding possible Naxal threat in smaller states, she said Naxal problems are there in bigger states as well.

"Every state is faced with Naxal problem and it is not confined to smaller states. Bigger states like West Bengal are also facing the problem," she said.

Nirmala Sitaraman said the problems faced by the people in the country today are due to lack of good governance and accused the UPA government at the Centre of failing to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

Referring to the ensuing elections in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Assam, she said the party would improve its position in Kerala and Tamil Nadu as the governments in these states had failed to deliver corrupt-free administration to the people.

Sitaraman, was here on her way to Kakarapalli village in Srikakulam district to find out the ground realities where two people were killed in police firing recently, opposing the establishment of a thermal power plant.

(Agencies)