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Updated: January 30, 2010 11:11 IST

Set clear time-frame for Telangana panel: JAC

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JAC convener C. Kodandaram addresses participants of a relay hunger strike over the Telangana issue, in Hyderabad recently. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
JAC convener C. Kodandaram addresses participants of a relay hunger strike over the Telangana issue, in Hyderabad recently. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

The committee proposed to be appointed by the Centre to go into the Telangana issue should stick to the December 9 time-frame, the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) spearheading the agitation for a separate State said here on Saturday.

“They should commit to the December 9 programme and have a clear time-frame. These are our two expectations,” JAC convener C. Kodandaram told PTI here on Saturday.

The JAC insisted on a time-frame for the completion of the task by the proposed committee as it fears the panel may end up like the women’s reservation bill, he said.

“We said some time-frame should be there. Otherwise, it would become an endless process. Like the women’s reservation bill, it will never see the light of the day,” Mr. Kodandaram said.

The committee should be within the framework of the two demands, he said, adding JAC has not discussed the nature of the panel.

“Within the framework of these two demands, the committee should be only for formation of Telangana. Nothing short of this will satisfy us,” he said and added JAC would continue its agitation if the Centre’s announcement falls short of its expectations.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had announced on Thursday that government would appoint a committee next week to go into the Telangana issue.

The JAC had earlier set a January 29 deadline for the Centre to make a statement on the Statehood issue failing which they threatened to press for acceptance of en masse resignation of legislators from the Telangana region.

In the wake of Mr. Chidambaram’s statement on Thursday, the JAC has extended the deadline.

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