Pro-Telangana protagonists staged a noisy demonstration near Vijay Chowk, barely a furlong from the North Block, rejecting the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna Committee which were made public by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday at an all-party meeting.
Seething with anger that the six options suggested by the panel were biased and not acceptable to the people of Telangana region, members of the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) burnt photo-copies of the summary of the panel report to register their protest. They raised slogans against party president Sonia Gandhi, the Home Minister and the Justice Srikrishna Committee.
Convenor of the Telangana Aikya Karyacharana Samiti Pasham Yadagiri said: “We reject the report in toto. It is ghost-written by the Congress party to protect its own political interest and that of the coastal Andhra capitalists. There is no scientific basis for the report.”
Further, he pointed out that the basis should have been common geophysical conditions, common economy, common culture and most of all common psychological make up. “These principles were ignored because the committee degenerated into a toasting and feasting committee,” he pointed out.
Leaders of the Telangana Jana Parishad led by Keshava Rao Jadhav, MLC K.Dileep Kumar, S. Prithviraj of Telangana Kranti Dal, Vimala of Arunodaya and others present at the protest extended their support for the two-day bandh call given by the TSJAC.
Talking to reporters, TSJAC representative slammed the report stating that it had humiliated the sentiments of the people of Telangana.
“Any self-respecting citizen of Telangana will not hail the report, which has made fun of them with its recommendations,” leaders noted.
They decided to continue their fight till the Centre concedes the demand for statehood. They warned the Congress leaders against belying the hopes of the people of the region and warned them to face the wrath of the aggrieved people.
The students then proceeded to AICC office where they staged a dharna.
In the wake of a possible bid by the students to visit Andhra Pradesh Bhavan, where Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was put up, security was beefed up around it.