New Delhi, Oct. 8: Narendra Modi is being urged to assure the people of Seemandhra that if the BJP were elected to power in 2014, it would look after their rights and interests.
Party sources from Andhra said opinion-makers from Seemandhra had tapped Modi for “reassurance”, but he has remained silent.
On August 11, when he addressed a public meeting in Hyderabad before he was named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Modi asked the residents of Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to live “peacefully, like brothers”. He also raised slogans of “Jai Telangana” and “Jai Seemandhra”.
But BJP leaders from Seemandhra want a second appeal. They had earlier met central leaders Rajnath Singh, L.K. Advani, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley at Advani’s residence and asked that the BJP pressure the Centre to address their concerns.
While they were not opposing the bifurcation, they said, the office-bearers wanted an assurance on water and revenue sharing as well as the security of people from Seemandhra with homes and businesses in Hyderabad.
But the BJP leadership, which is of the view that since its base in Andhra is restricted to Telangana it should focus on building on that, put out a wishy-washy statement that merely said people should remain “calm” and co-operate in seeking “amicable” solutions to problems that were raised.
Sources present in the meeting said Advani also asked why the BJP’s Seemandhra members had not flagged their concerns earlier.