If BJP supports Telangana and Parakal by-election is around then it is for a reason only that it is so. BJP MP Prakash Javadekar moved a Private Member’s bill on Telangana on 4th May 2012 in Rajya Sabha.The bill was followed by a heated debate where BJP and TDP attacked ruling Congress on not making its stand clear on the issue and engaging in all-party consensus when in fact the party itself has not yet cleared its stand on the separation of Telangana.Renuka Chowdhary defended her party’s position by pointing out how BJP also did nothing about the issue when in power.
Not only this private member’s bill that Javadekar moved to support separate Telangana demand, BJP’s official spokesperson, Shahnawaz said, “The party is totally committed for Telangana state and first decision of the NDA, if voted to power, would be carving out of Telangana region as a separate state”. Such commitment to the cause of Telangana not being enough, BJP spokesperson in Andhra Pradesh (State where Telangana region lies), reportedly ridiculed Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao by asking him to quit politics if he fails to realize his promise of delivering a separate Telangana State within three months.
Now the question arises why is BJP so emotional about the cause that Sushma Swaraj, went to the extent of saying that NDA will not partner with parties opposed to Telangana if it manages to secure a victory in 2014 Lok Sabha elections (LS). The roots of the cause run deep. While many have pointed out that Telangana is a muslim-dominated region where BJP is an irony-Muslim population if 20% in Telangana.Although one would expect this party with a rightist tilt to keep clear from such an issue, truth is political gains it stands to make are outshine anything else.
Telangana is an important issue for BJP. BJP has an impressive history of separation. In its last stint in power, it delivered three new states while Telangana remained elusive to statehood as TDP opposed to separate Telangana was supporting BJP in NDA.Some leaders of TRS have gone far to allege that BJP can again put the demand on backburner if it comes in power with the support of TDP or YSR Congress. Anyway BJP successfully won Mahbubnagar Assembly seat by polarizing votes on communal grounds, while still the margin remained a meager 1800 votes. Right now, BJP is vociferously taking up Telangana to counter two major political forces in the key Parakal Assembly byelection. While on one hand it has TRS with which it is locked in a ‘who is a better champion of Telangana cause contest’ and on the other hand Congress which if loses here, something which has high chance of happening, will be forced to reconsider its stand on Telangana as the only option left really would be to deliver separation.
BJP has promised to deliver separate Telangana within 100 days of its rule if it comes in power in 2014 LS elections. It has chosen Telangana, as a plank to draw seats from Andhra Pradesh in 2014 as in 2009 it won none. AP sends 42 MPs to the lower house of which Congress won 32 seats.