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BJP may have separate Telangana, Seemandhra units అక్టోబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, elections, regionalism, Telangana.
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BJP may have separate Telangana, Seemandhra units
BV Shiva Shankar TNN Oct 17, 2013

HYDERABAD: The Congress led UPA government might be going slow on the division of the state, but the opposition BJP appears to have made up its mind. Even before the state is formally divided, the BJP has decided to divide its AP unit into two. While the Telangana unit headed by a president will focus on the speeding up of the bifurcation process, the Seemandhra unit also headed by a president will champion the concerns and issue of the other two regions. In apolitically significant closed door meeting held on Wednesday, BJP national joint organizational secretary V Satish took the views of the local leaders who are understood to have urged the national leadership to spell out unambiguous poll plans for the two regions. Majority of them felt that a separate BJP unit for Seemandhra would help at a time when various options including an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are being explored.

At the same time, Telangana leaders of the BJP core committee too felt that they can espouse the separate state cause better if the Seemandhra arm is de-linked from them. “The priorities of the two regions of Telangana and Seemandhra have become completely different in the wake of the proposed bifurcation of the state. There is no point in trying to address them with a single party set-up. Many in the party are of the opinion that two independent units would do better justice,” said N Ramachandra Rao, a BJP spokesperson.


BJP’s T unit headed by president will focus on speeding up bifurcation process, separate Seemandhra unit will champion the concerns and issue of the two regions.

Telangana BJP leaders feel that they can espouse the separate state cause better if Seemandhra arm is de-linked from them.
BJP to have two chiefs before polls.

BJP national president Rajnath Singh, who is also chairman of the party’s campaign committee, was expected to attend the meeting. However, he could not make it owing to ill-health.

Sources in the party said the bifurcation of the AP BJP unit was in accordance with the party’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi’s game plan according to which the BJP can expect to perform better in Telangana when positioned as a pro-separatist party all along. And in Seemandhra, it can piggyback as a separate unit with an independent policy on a party like the TDP. BJP in the state will have two presidents before the announcement of the elections. While incumbent G Kishan Reddy is expected to take charge as the Telangana unit chief, leaders including Hari Babu, Somvir Raju, and Suresh Reddy are contenders for the Seemandhra unit president post.

A senior party leader said the BJP wanted to expose the Congress in regard to the Telangana as it mishandled the bifurcation, and it could be done effectively by representing the two regions exclusively. “The Congress has already stood exposed by its double standards. While it is trying to whip up the sentiments in both the regions through its doublespeak, the BJP can voice their concerns genuinely. In any case, we have to go for two units after the state is divided. Why don’t we do it now?” said Nagam Janardan Reddy.

Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-17/hyderabad/43142977_1_seemandhra-bifurcation-ap-bjp



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