This Article is From Feb 20, 2014

Telangana Bill cleared in Rajya Sabha: No match-fixing with Congress, says BJP

Telangana Bill cleared in Rajya Sabha: No match-fixing with Congress, says BJP
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha passed the historic and controversial bill that makes Telangana India's 29th state amid vociferous protests by members from Seemandhra region as also from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena. The suspense over the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 came to an end with BJP backing the government on it despite raising several concerns. Apparently responding to demands from Seemandhra MPs as well as from BJP for "justice" to the region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a six-point special package for Seemandhra.
  • I hope these additional announcements (special package for Seemandhra) will demonstrate our steadfast commitment to not just the creation of Telangana but also to the continued prosperity and welfare of Seemandhra.
    Dr Manmohan Singh, PM 20.02.2014
  • Today is a historic day for the people of Telangana. A long-standing demand has been fulfilled.
    Arun Jaitley, senior BJP leader 20.02.2014
  • They say there was a match-fixing as if BJP was part of UPA government.
    Venkaiah Naidu, BJP 20.02.2014
  • Fully satisfied and extremely happy and thankful to Sonia Gandhi. Only because of her initiative it has been possible. I want to thank all political parties and the people of Telangana.
    KC Rao, Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief 20.02.2014
  • Larger states should be divided into small parts. This will clear out things. Uttar Pradesh is still a big state even after the formation of Uttarakhand.
    Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party chief 20.02.2014
  • The bill has been passed by the acceptance of majority of people.
    Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister 20.02.2014
  • This will now open up demands for smaller states. There are already 28 pending demands and all are legitimate demands. So where do you draw the line?
    Sitarm Yechury, CPM leader 20.02.2014
  • People from both regions should be happy and satisfied. We have tried our best to assuage the fears of the people of Seemandhra.
    S Jaipal Reddy, senior Congress leader 20.02.2014