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Advani playing politics over Telangana:AP Congress

Hyderabad: Taking strong exception to BJP leader L K Advani`s attack on the UPA and his support for Telangana demand during his anti-graft yatra in Andhra Pradesh, the state Congress today charged that the former Deputy Prime Minister was only playing politics.

Hitting out at Advani for his comments that the ruling party has betrayed the people on the Telangana issue, Andhra Pradesh Congress President B Satyanarayana said the BJP leader should first explain why the NDA Government failed to deliver on the statehood demand. "BJP had promised to give Telangana (state) way back in 1998. But after coming to power at the Centre, they conveniently forgot the promise. The reason was that they had won seats in non-Telangana regions. BJP had conveniently shifted the blame on TDP for not giving Telangana," he told reporters here.

The PCC President distributed photo copies of a letter written in 2002 by Advani as Union Home Minister, in which he said there was no intention to create separate Telangana. "The Government of India is of the view that regional disparities in economic development can be tackled through planning and efficient use of available resources. The Government, therefore, do not propose creation of a separate state of Telangana," said the letter written by Advani to then MP from Andhra Pradesh A Narendra.

"Why Advani did not talk about this during his yatra? Does not he need to explain? You keep such things aside and attack Congress. Advani should first apologise to the Telangana people for not giving Telangana despite making a promise," Satyanarayana maintained.

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