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Congress deliberately prolonging Telangana row: BJP

New Delhi, Wed, 25 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 25 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain has said that Congress- led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition Government has no intention of discussing the separate state row of Telangana in Parliament.

"UPA Government has lost all control over its lawmakers, who have had the audacity to disrupt proceedings of Parliament in front of party president Sonia Gandhi," Hussain told media here.

"Now, it seems the central government has no authority and neither does the Congress party. Congress lawmakers are not listening to the government or their party high command. The BJP has always been in favour of forming a separate Telangana state and if the main opposition of the country is prepared to cooperate in the formation of Telangana, why this delay?" he asked.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said the responsibility for this continuing impasse lay clearly with the Central Government and the Congress Party.

"So, this issue has already caused sufficient damage and distress in the state and its time that some decision is taken. The government has to take some decision on this matter. This is what we want to say because today's (Tuesday's) developments are rather unprecedented," he added.

Eight Congress lawmakers have been suspended after repeatedly disrupting proceedings in the Lok Sabha over the separate Telangana state issue.

The demand for a separate state of Telangana which was merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956, is over fifty years old. (ANI)

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