Naidu meets Jaya, MK

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former Andhra Pradesh (AP) chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said the present form of the Bill to bifurcate AP is “unacceptable”.

Naidu met All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi here to seek their support for voting against the Bill in its present form. 

He said creating a separate state should be done in a judicious manner with everybody’s consent. Stating that justice should be done to both the regions–Seemandhra and Telangana–and there should be consensus, he said people from both the regions should be happy with the bifurcation.

After meeting the leaders, Naidu alleged that the Congress was misusing Article 3 of the Constitution by not following the due process for bifurcation as done during the creation of a few states and during the reorganisation of states on linguistic basis.

Refusing to give a clear answer on his stand on Telangana, the former chief minister said: “I am not saying we (TDP) are supporting or not supporting the Bill. They (Centre) are violating Constitutional processes by using Article 3.”

He also charged that the Congress government at the Centre had been keeping quiet on Telangana statehood for the last 10 years. 

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