The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decided that all its MLAs and MPs will forthwith resign to protest against the terms of reference (ToR) for the Justice B.N.Srikrishna Committee announced by the Centre on Friday. The party has termed the ToR as completely against the interests of Telangana.
The decision was announced here on Friday by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao after holding consultations with party legislators and other senior leaders. The TRS has two MPs, ten MLAs and one MLC.
Mr. Rao directed all the MLAs who were out of Hyderabad to reach the city by evening. They would draft their resignation letters in the prescribed format and hand them over to Speaker to ensure that they were accepted this time.
Addressing a press conference along with other leaders like E. Rajender, Madhusudhana Chary, A. Chandrasekhar, T. Harish Rao, Vijayashanti and others he said: "The ToR have completely deceived the people of Telangana and amount to their betrayal once again. They are not in favour of Telangana formation and the Centre’s attitude is highly condemnable", he said.
Mr. Rao said one of the terms which states that the Srikrishna Committee would go into the issue of statehood for Telangana as well as continuation of united Andhra Pradesh was reprehensible. "Where is the question of looking into united Andhra Pradesh when it already exists now", he added.
"There is only one movement and it’s Telangana. There is no movement for united AP but only a counter agitation orchestrated by vested interests of Coastal Andhra and Rayalseema leaders", the TRS chief remarked. Driving his point home further he mentioned that when a committee was set up to divide Andhra from Madras State only the opinion of Andhra people was taken and the report was given in a month’s time.
The TRS president said his party had a single point agenda of separate Telangana. Being an independent identity, it was entitled to take a decision of its own without awaiting the outcome of the consultations between the constituents of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), he added.