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Oct 05, 2013 at 03:42pm IST

I want Narendra Modi to make BJP secular, says Jagan Reddy

Hyderabad: YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday extended his support for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said that he wanted Modi to change BJP.

He added that being elected thrice as the Chief Minister shows that he has been a good administrator. "If a politician wins a state thrice doesn't that prove that he is good. I want Modi to make BJP secular," he said.

Jagan also said that if Modi can change the outlook for BJP and make it a secular party, it will be able to get the support of many others. "We don't want Muzaffarnagars, we want Mohabbatnagars," he said.

Jagan on Saturday began his indefinite hunger strike against the Centre's decision of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He slammed the UPA for ignoring the wishes of the people in the state.

"People in Delhi are not giving a thought to why people are agitating in Andhra Pradesh.

He questioned the Centre's move to go ahead with the decision without having the approval of the assembly. "Why are they trying to split a state without a consensus in the assembly. Is this right?," he asked.

He termed the Congress led government's decision as an "undemocratic style of splitting a state which should be stopped".

He alleged that the Centre was taking the decision only for vote bank politics. "It is not right to split a country for votes just a few months before elections," Jagan said.

He also demanded to know why the decision for Telangana cannot be taken back if the ordinance can be taken back only by a statement from Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. "The ordinance that was taken back was a Cabinet note, why cant they do the same for this decision?," he asked.

Jagan added that he and his party is not protesting for the sake of politics but for the welfare of the people of the state as the formation of a new state would lead to several problems like sharing of water between the states.