Despite reservations expressed by some Congress leaders, the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) on Monday appealed to public representatives from the region to stick to their decision to quit their posts by January 28.

“The leaders should quit their posts if the Centre failed to make a statement in favour of formation of the separate Telangana state by January 28. This is to show their non—cooperation towards the united Andhra Pradesh government,” JAC Convener C. Kodandaram told reporters.

“Telangana supporters would work for the re-election of those who quit their posts,” he said.

Congress MPs like S. Satyanarayana and P. Prabhakar said the resignations by the public representatives would only precipitate a crisis instead of facilitating the formation of a separate State.

Senior TDP leader N. Janardhan Reddy said mounting pressure on the Centre is necessary for the formation of separate Telangana.

He asked the Congress leaders to take the lead in quitting their posts.

He was speaking at the Indira Park here where Telangana leaders and other protagonists continued their relay hunger strikes in support of the separate statehood demand for the third day on Monday.

Senior TDP MLA T. Harishwar Reddy and several leaders from other parties and Telangana outfits took part in the day-long fast.