After snapping its ties with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) over “unilateral actions” of the TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Congress MLAs from Telangana are gearing up to chart out an independent course on the statehood issue.
They have not only quit the JAC, but also decided against resigning their membership of Assembly and Council. However, they intend to raise the statehood issue time and again. They do not plan to disrupt the legislature, but confront the government, whenever issues concerning the region are raised. “We will not hesitate to corner the government if the region is denied funds. We will demand a lion’s share in the budget for our region,” a senior MLA remarked.
Congress leaders plan to confront the JAC, if attacks on the houses continue. Congress MPs and MLAs are fuming at the unprecedented attacks by pro-Telangana activists on their residences and properties in the region at the behest of the TRS-dominated JAC. The incidents on Monday when a majority of the Congress-elected representatives faced the fury of the protestors climaxed in the exit of Congress from the JAC.
Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar told The Hindu on Tuesday that Congress leaders bore the humiliation inflicted by the JAC, but the last straw was the stone-pelting on the convoy of Higher Education Minister D. Sridhar Babu in Warangal district last week and the attack on residences of several legislators and MPs.
Mr. Prabhakar charged the JAC convenor M. Kodandaram with behaving as a TRS spokesperson and seeking instructions and directions from KCR, who was imposing his personal views and decisions on the committee. “How can the Congress party, which is the main constituent of the JAC be completely ignored when a decision on resignations were taken?” he asked.
The Higher Education Minister expressed shock at the attack on the residence of his colleague V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy by the JAC protestors. “She has religiously attended the JAC protest programmes and hunger strike camps but was not spared.”