NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party is for creation of Telangana state at the earliest but the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is keeping it on tenterhooks by making it take the hard choice between Telangana and prospects of winning the Lok Sabha election.
The TDP is opposed to creation of Telangana and as such Chandrababu wants the BJP to bat with it, while the BJP leadership is worried that its government will be burdened with the Telangana problem if not resolved now. The leadership has now put the ball in the party’’s PM candidate Narendra Modi to decide whether to sacrifice alliance with TDP or let Telangana be created that only helps the Congress. A clever former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu suggested a couple of changes in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill when Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh met him to understand the BJP’s stand. They reportedly told him that the government is bringing the Bill in any case before the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and it would remain pending if the BJP does not cooperate to get it passed even if there is pandemonium in the House.
The BJP’s worry is that it will lose any prospects of alliance also with the YSR Congress Party floated by the MP son of late chief minister Rajsekhar Reddy if it backs Telangana as it may win more seats than TDP in Seemandhra region if the state is bifurcated.