HYDERABAD: The Telangana Joint Action Committee has decided to mount pressure on the MPs and MLAs from the region, who are yet to quit, to submit their papers to the Lok Sabha and Assembly Speakers respectively and join the movement for separate statehood.

In addition, it was decided to appeal to the Ministers from the region to again press their resignations, including as MLAs. The decision comes a day after the JAC set January 28 as deadline for the Centre to announce a time-bound programme for formation of separate Telangana State. The JAC which met here on Wednesday expressed concern over the considerable number of elected representatives who were hesitant to put in their papers and decided to convince them to quit before January 28.

According to the JAC, 77 of the 119 MLAs from the region have submitted their resignations while another 42, a majority belonging to the Congress, were yet to make up their mind. “We will try to convince them and will finalise an action plan in this direction soon,” JAC convenor M. Kodandaram said.

Senior Congress leader R. Damodar Reddy said the JAC would approach all the legislators, including those from the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and seek their cooperation in building pressure on the Centre.

The JAC discussed the concerns expressed by the people from other regions and States residing in Telangana over their personal security as well as security to their businesses. “We will not in any way interfere in the activities of the people from other regions staying here,” Prof. Kodandaram said.

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