Massive programme launched to foil Jagan's tour
WARANGAL: The Joint Action Committee of political parties and Telangana NGOs have called for a ‘bandh' in the district on May 25 protesting the proposed tour of Congress MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
JAC convenor P Kodandaram and TNGOs district president K Ravinder Reddy, TRS leader P Sudarshan Reddy and D Vinay Bhaskar and others urged people to make the bandh successful.
The leaders also called for a massive programme termed ‘Chalo Mahabubabad' on May 28, the day on which Mr. Reddy's tour begins from the town.
Mr. Kodandaram said that it was wrong to say the Congress leaders had every right to tour any place in the State.
“Then the people of Telangana have every right to register their protest. They can question the political leaders for acting against their aspirations,” he argued.
The separate Telangana activists accused the Congress leader of trying to mobilise people in large numbers so that they can claim that the party enjoyed massive support even in the Telangana region where the peoples' movement was at its height.
It was a conspiracy being hatched by the leaders of Rayalaseema and Andhra regions of which the Telangana Congress leaders were partners, they claimed.
The Telangana activists wanted the people in villages to question the Congress leaders and block their officials and party programmes until they exerted pressure on their party high command to take a positive stand on the issue.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA K Surekha had to face a few embarrassing moments at Narasampet mandal where she went to console the families of those who had died for separate Telangana. She had been touring the district in the last few days only to build a positive atmosphere for Mr. Jagan's tour.
She was also offering Rs. 25,000 to each of the families. At Narasampet town, one Jayamma, mother of deceased Raj Kumar, refused to take money stating that her son did not die for money. She wanted Ms. Surekha to strive for separate Telangana. At Duggondi village, the parents of Prithviraj locked their house leaving a note urging Ms. Surekha not to value the sacrifice in terms of money. Later, some TRS and Congress workers went about exchanging blows which created some tension.