Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Two separate meetings here on Sunday to mobilise support for separate Telangana were of the view that nothing could be expected of Srikrishna Committee in terms of serving their interests and called for strengthening the movement by moulding public opinion.

Political Joint Action Committee convener M. Kodandaram told a meeting of Telangana Pharma and Chemical Employees Association that the Srikrishna panel was technical in nature and hardly had any role in the matter of formation of Telangana State. He asked the political leadership to strive for legislation to pave way for separate Telangana in Parliament.

Asking Congress and Telugu Desam to go to Srikrishna Committee on a single stand, Mr. Kodandaram said they should avoid double standards on bifurcation of the State. The Telangana movement gave people of the region a voice, personality and courage, he added.

Former Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA Eatala Rajender denied legislators of his party, TDP and BJP who resigned recently, had become victims of political developments. In fact, they were proud of quitting. He said the resignations reflected their resentment over the snatching of fruits people got from the hunger strike undertaken by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The stir resulted in Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram making an announcement in favour of separate Telangana but it was quickly overshadowed by a rival movement in coastal districts.

Mr. Rao’s daughter and founder of Telangana Jagruthi, Kavitha said the liberal alienation of land around Hyderabad to business houses had become an emotional issue to Telangana.

‘No legal sanctity’

At a separate meeting organised by Telangana Coordination Committee, a professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University I. Thirumali said there was no legal sanctity to Srikrishna Committee. He said the political leadership of Telangana lacked reputation to press the demand for separate Telangana with the Centre.

Human Rights Forum vice-president Burra Ramulu said the demand for alternate political leadership gained strength because the leaders at the helm failed to deliver. He called for a leadership to sustain the movement over a long period.