Several visitors at a photo exhibition on Telangana Poru Yatra, organised by BJP president G Kishan Reddy, pointed out that Telangana State was possible only because of BJP’s support and commitment to the cause.
Leaders including former press academy chairman D Amar, 6tv chairman Y Suresh Reddy, JAC leader M Lakshmaiah visited the photo exhibition of 2012 Poru Yatra during the Telangana agitation.
Amar said that the Poru Yatra in the final phases of Telangana movement gave inspiration to people involved in the agitation. “Kishan Reddy’s yatra was like another push (ek aur dhakka) to achieve Telangana,” said Amar. He said that during the final phase of Telangana agitation political parties played a vital role and the role played by BJP in Telangana agitation cannot be forgotten.
All sections of society had taken part in the agitation to achieve their dream of separate state, he added. T-JAC co-chairman M Lakshmaiah said that Telangana Poru Yatra was organised during an important time in the agitation.
The yatra helped in building pressure on the party in power and every section, he added. “I also joined Poru Yatra. In areas like Bellampally and Godavarikhani, dominated by Maoist ideologues, the yatra connected well with locals. The yatra was supported by all making it a historic occasion,” said Lakshmaiah. The chairman of 6tv congratulated Kishan Reddy for taking up the yatra and said that BJP’s role was un-forgetful in the Telangana agitation. BJP’s role is all the more important in future too for the development of Telangana, he added.
Osmania University Law College principal G Vinod Kumar said that without the support of BJP, Telangana wouldn’t have been possible. He said that Telangana was possible with Article 3 of the Constitution written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. He wanted all parties in the State to make Telangana a model state by treating all sections of the people equally. He wanted the BJP president to use his good offices in setting up a skill development center in Osmania University, the nerve center of Telangana agitation, which would ensure youth to get employment.
At a time when there was a pause in the relentless struggle for separate Telangana state, the president of undivided Andhra Pradesh State G Kishan Reddy took it forward by raising his voice in support through his ‘Poru Yatra’, which launched a scathing attack on the then ruling party with a message that ‘No force can stop Telangana’. The yatra created confidence among the youth who were resorting to extreme step of suicides and assured the BJP’s commitment of achieving the dream of four crore people of Telangana. Party leaders say that Kishan Reddy decided to expose the political parties who were playing sentiments and democratic aspirations of the people.
The 24-day Yatra which started on January 19, 2012, from Krishna village in Mahabubnagar district touched 88 Assembly constituencies connecting 6,700 villages, nine districts and ended at the banks of River Godavari at Bhadrachalam on February 9, 2012. The agitation was supported by all sections of people including those who were opposed to the ideology of BJP. Right from the Telangana political joint action committee (T-JAC) chairman M Kodandaram to the people from the Naxal dominant areas extended their support to the BJP president in his Poru Yatra.
Kishan Reddy during his Yatra said, “As a responsible national party, BJP refuse to be a spectator. It cannot remain mute when scores youth are resorting to extreme step with no one giving them answer to their queries.” The BJP president sent a message to the youth asking them not to resort to suicides but to live for achieving Telangana. Kishan Reddy said that the Poru Yatra helped inspired the party cadre by giving them direction and aim and added that BJP as a party could spread its tentacles all across Telangana. He also said that the Telangana Poru Yatra was able to rekindle hope among the youth of Telangana who were feeling frustrated.
In Makhtal meeting, the then party’s national president Nitin Gadkari called up on the youth not to get frustrated and assured that BJP would help formation of Telangana if Congress party brings bill in the Parliament otherwise NDA government would form the Telangana in 2014. Prof Kodandaram said that Poru Yatra was a boost to the agitation. As the Yatra went on, people began to extend their support and waited to hear the BJP chief even late in the night at places like Jadcherla, Shadnagar etc. During his speeches, Reddy explained how BJP was consistent on the issue and the way it fulfilled its commitment of forming three states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand).
He also criticised the diabolical stands of Telugu Desam and Congress leaders in two regions of the State. Party’s national leaders too joined Kishan Reddy in his Poru Yatra giving further clarity to the stand of BJP’s support to Separate Telangana. Party’s national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar took part in a public meeting in Karimnagar and attacked Congress party for delaying the formation of separate State and also for playing politics with sentiments of the people. BJP’s All India Mahila Morcha president Smriti Irani addressed to a gathering in Warangal and lashed onto the Congress for dilly-dallying on Telangana.
Party’s general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda addressed gathering in Nalgonda stating that Telangana was possible only with BJP. As the Yatra was about to end, JAC chairman Kodandaram congratulated BJP for taking up programme and added that the party had really carried out a wonderful programme that had stirred up the movement in the post ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ period. The Yatra culminated with a huge public meeting at Nizam college grounds in Hyderabad.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu and others present assuring the people of delivering separate State of Telangana. The BJP president will visit Krishna village on Monday and talk to people on the fulfillment of their cherished dream of Telangana.