"Should I keep quiet when Andhra Pradesh is being divided? Should I cling on to my post?" he asked, addressing a public meeting with an impressive turn-out at the launch of his 'Jai Samaikyandhra Party'. (Agencies)
Blaming the Congress, BJP, TDP and YSR Congress for the division of the state, he alleged that it was done in an undemocratic manner with a scant regard for principles and procedures of the Parliament.
Referring to BJP leader Sushma Swaraj describing herself as 'chinnamma' (younger mother) in the Parliament, Reddy alleged the 'Chinnamma' and 'Peddamma' (elder mother, referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi), joined hands to divide Andhra Pradesh.
Seeking to position himself as a champion of a united Andhra Pradesh, Reddy recalled veteran BJP leader LK Advani's comment that he had not seen a Bill as defective as the Telangana Bill.
He accused TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao of "acting smart" with Congress after the bifurcation bill was passed, and alleged that Congress formed Telangana only for votes. "We are all hardcore Congressmen. They (TRS) sought to bank on rented leaders. After the contract is over, the tenant would leave."
Noting that he, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy were going to the people seeking mandate, he claimed the other two wanted to become the Chief Minister while he sacrificed his post for Telugu unity.
"We don't accept this division. Let's see what happens in the Supreme Court (on petitions against the division). You give me 25 MPs, we will see how the state would not remain united," Reddy said.
The Congress MPs who were expelled for moving a no-confidence motion against the UPA government and some Congress MLAs who have since quit the party are office-bearers of the new party.
In a political resolution, the new party demanded postponement of local body elections in view of student’s examinations.
The resolution also extended support to the people who played a vital role in the 'united' Samaikyandhra agitation. Reddy said his party will field candidates in Telangana too, claiming 80 percent of people in the region were against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
The former Congress leader devoted most part of his speech on the developments leading to the passing of Telangana Bill in Parliament. "It was for the first time in the country that a Bill rejected by a State Assembly was presented in Parliament and passed in the absence of a large number of MPs. It was an undemocratic and unconstitutional exercise," he alleged.
"You observed the whole process of passing of the Bill. Now you must teach a lesson (in elections) to the parties which deceived you," he told the gathering.
Reddy sought to know why the Manmohan Singh government was in a tearing hurry to pass the statehood legislation when important Bills like those related to women reservation and SC/ST promotion were pending before the House.
The JSP leader said he was not interested in becoming Chief Minister and his mission was to uphold the dignity and pride of Telugu-speaking people. Reddy used the platform to highlight the achievements of Andhra Pradesh Government during his tenure as Chief Minister, which lasted for more than three years.
Due to the division, people of Seemandhra will suffer as most of the medical, educational and other facilities are concentrated in and around Hyderabad (which falls under Telangana), he said.
Earlier, Reddy hoisted the new party's flag at the venue.
"Should I keep quiet when Andhra Pradesh is being divided? Should I cling on to my post?" he asked, addressing a public meeting with an impressive turn-out at the launch of his 'Jai Samaikyandhra Party'.