Hyderabad: On a day when senior Congress minister Dharmana Prasad Rao along with two other MLAs joined the YSR Congress party at Srikakulam in the presence of its president Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has defended his stand against the bifurcation of state and said that
Telangana was opposed not just by him but several union ministers, MPs, MLAs and also people of the state.
In an interview to a news channel, the chief minister said he had not done anything wrong by staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar along with MPs and state ministers but only showcased the anger and aspirations of the five crore people of the Seemandhra.
He said the resignation from the chief minister's post was one of the options, which he will do at the right moment.
Reddy, who has been mulling resignation after his return from Delhi after dharna and the Union cabinet approving the T-Bill, says that 80 MLAs, MPs and ministers will sit together and chalk out a programme after the Bill is introduced in the parliament
Meanwhile, the government is likely to introduce the Telangana bill in Rajya Sabha on Monday. The talk in parliamentary circles is that list of supplementary business could be added to the agenda on Monday. The bill was not listed for introduction till late Sunday evening.
Preparations are believed to be on in this regard, although no intimation has yet been given to the members.
Amid opposition by anti-Telangana MPs, including those from Congress, the government has so far refused to reveal its cards on the issue. Earlier, the plan was to introduce the bill on February 12.
The bill is being introduced in Rajya Sabha as the government apparently wants to keep it alive even after the dissolution of Lok Sabha. Bills introduced in the Upper House and not passed by it remain in the 'live register'.
BJP to study Telangana bill
The BJP will make a detailed study of the Telangana bill before taking a decision on supporting it in parliament, party leader M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday. Naidu told reporters in Nellore that some clarity would come about on the bill in a couple of days.
While reiterating his party's commitment to a Telangana state, Naidu stressed the need to address the concerns of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) people.