Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Nitin Gadkari will flag off the 22-day Telangana Poru Yatra on the banks of river Krishna at Matkal in Mahbubnagar district on January 19.
Participating in the `Meet the Press’ programme being organized under the aegis of Telangana Electronic Media Journalists Association at Fateh Maidan Club here on Tuesday, BJP State unit president G Kishan Reddy said that the Poru Yatra was aimed to create awareness on the importance of formation of separate state of Telangana.
Denying the reports that the BJP was launching the yatra to get mileage on the statehood issue, he said that the development of Telangana would be possible with formation of separate state only. He also pointed out the yatra was not against the wishes and sentiments of any region in the State.
The BJP president said that the yatra would mount pressure on the Centre to introduce bill on Telangana state in the Budget session of parliament scheduled to begin in March. If the Congress fails to introduce the Telangana bill in the Parliament before 2014, he said that the BJP would go for general election campaign with the promise of Telangana state if it comes to power at the Centre.
Kishan Reddy said that the yatra would also focus on drinking and irrigation water problems in some parts of Telangana state and demand that the government take adequate measures to resolve them by allocating sufficient funds. He said that the concluding meet of yatra would be held in the Nizamabad district, where national level leaders are expected to participate in the event.
The 3,500-km long Poru Yatra will touch 986 villages in 88 Assembly constituencies across the Telangana and end on the banks of Godavari at Bhadrachalam in Khammam district on February 9. (INN)
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