A meeting of about 80 legislators of various parties belonging to Telangana decided to stage a day-long dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises and meet President Pranab Mukherjee, if required, to expose the “conspiracy” of Seemandhra MLAs in stalling the debate on the bifurcation Bill.

Barring the CPI and the MIM, legislators of all parties attended the meeting held at the Club House in the Ministers quarters.

A floor coordination committee on behalf of every party would be set up to formulate a combined strategy in support of separate Telangana during the business of the House.

The committee members would reach the Assembly one hour in advance of the commencement of the business from Saturday to chalk out the strategy, sources said.

It was also decided that all MLAs from Telangana compulsorily attend the House till the end of the session on January 23.

The parties should not take up any other programmes till the Bill was referred back to the President. Congress MP V. Hanumantha Rao was advised to call off his proposed yatra in Medak.

The meeting criticised the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy for stripping D. Sridhar Babu of the Legislative Affairs portfolio.

The meeting was addressed by Mr. Sridhar Babu, Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy, ex-Minister R. Damodar Reddy, TRS leader in Assembly Etela Rajender and E. Dayakar Rao of the TDP.

Talking to media persons later, Mr. Jana Reddy said the objective of the meeting was to send across the message that members of the House across all parties were united.