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Jaipal Reddy's remarks create a flutter

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HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Petroleum S. Jaipal Reddy was caught in a controversy over his reported remarks on regionalism and sub-regionalism on Saturday.

Speaking at a programme in Gandhi Bhavan to mark the taking over of Botcha Satyanarayana as the APCC president, he remarked that except the Congress there was no national party in the country. It was the only party that could keep the country united. He went on to add that the results of the elections to the Assembly in five States proved that BJP could not even stand as the main opposition party.

Further, he said that if he was student of Osmania University presently, he would have joined the Congress alone. “We should all be nationalist and not proponents of regionalism or sub-regionalism,” he remarked.

This particular remark triggered a controversy, making him to give a clarification. Mr. Reddy told reporters that he had not make any remarks on regional or sub-regional parties keeping Andhra Pradesh in mind. “I have neither directly or indirectly made remarks on Telangana. As a responsible political leader, I am giving this clarification,” he added. Mr. Reddy further stated that as a Union Minister, he would never speak on the developments regarding the State.

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