Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Saturday said the party would continue to fight till a separate Telangana state is created and targetted both the ruling Congress and Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh for their "double standards" on the issue.
Addressing a public meeting organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha asserted that Telangana state would become a reality.
Claiming that the BJP had taken a clear stand on Telangana, she alleged that the Congress and main oppoisition TDP were adopting double standards on the issue. "The Telangana leaders of Congress and TDP are raising slogans of Jai Telangana while their counterparts in Andhra region are demanding a unified Andhra," she said.
Stating that students had taken the Telangana movement in their hands, she remarked that "when students take a movement in their hands even god can’t stop it’. She however advised students not to resort to violence.
Swaraj appealed to students and youth not to commit suicide for Telangana. "You should fight and live for Telangana to see its formation, development and prosperity," she said.
"How many more people will have to die for Telangana state to be formed," she asked and alleged that the Congress had repeatedly betrayed the people of the region.
Recalling that Telangana was merged with Andhra in 1956 despite reservations by the first states reorganisation commission, she pointed out that then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had stated that the merger was only a trial and people of Telangana can demand Telangana state whenever they want.
Swaraj urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to fulfill the promise made by Nehru by carving out Telangana state.
The ABVP meeting passed a resolution demanding the central government move a bill in the parliament for formation of Telangana state. It also asked all MPs and state legislators from the region to submit their resignations to mount pressure on the centre.