With the central government yet to make an announcement on initiating the process for statehood to Telangana, the all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) will hold a crucial meeting Tuesday to chalk out its future course of action.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) legislator Harish Rao told reporters Sunday that the JAC would intensify the agitation if the central government fails to make any commitment on carving out Telangana state within a clear time-frame.
He said all the forces fighting for Telangana state acted with patience and restraint since Jan 5 when the central government held an all-party meeting over the issue.
“We are waiting for the announcement with utmost restraint but any attempt to put the issue in cold storage will have serious repercussions,” warned the young leader.
Ever since the meeting called by union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao is camping in New Delhi, meeting the central leaders to convince them to make an early announcement on initiating the process for formation of Telangana state.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, would be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later Sunday.
The Dec 5 meeting had failed to break the deadlock over the issue but the central government dropped hints that a mechanism would be evolved for consultations over the issue.
Harish Rao said the agitation in Telangana was continuing in peaceful manner as people were hopeful that the central government would soon fulfil their long-pending demand.
The TRS leader denied report in a section of media that KCR was aspiring for a berth in the union cabinet. “The report is ridiculous. KCR himself sent his resignation as MP to Lok Sabha speaker. We appeal to people not to believe these rumours,” said Harish Rao.
He urged the Press Council of India to take action against newspapers carrying such mischievous reports.
Telangana JAC comprises the ruling Congress, main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), TRS and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) besides other minor parties.
–Indo-Asian News Service