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Clear stand: K. Jana Reddy making a statement after the meeting of Telangana Congressmen in Hyderabad on Monday.
Clear stand: K. Jana Reddy making a statement after the meeting of Telangana Congressmen in Hyderabad on Monday.

To decide on continuing in JAC after Centre announces objectives of committee

No statements on Telangana, pending announcement from Centre, say leaders

“Moily’s directive applicable even to leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema”

HYDERABAD: Telangana Congress leaders have decided against heeding to the directive of the party leadership to withdraw from the Telangana Joint Action Committee.

Telangana Congress MPs, Ministers, MLAs and MLCs resolved to take a stand on continuing in the JAC after the Centre announces the objectives of the proposed committee to look into the statehood issue. AICC general secretary M. Veerappa Moily had asked Congress leaders to withdraw from the JAC with a warning that “any violation of party discipline will be seriously dealt with”.

Status quo

At a meeting here on Monday, the leaders decided to “maintain status quo” on their resignations as well as continuation in the Telangana JAC. They resolved not to make public statements on Telangana, pending an announcement from the Centre, while the MPs decided to rush to New Delhi ‘to be available to the leadership at the time of announcement of the committee’.

Congress leaders who are learnt to have discussed at length Mr. Moily’s instructions to withdraw from the JAC felt that the instruction was applicable to leaders even from Andhra and Rayalaseema.

While the Telangana leaders were maintaining restraint in their actions, the same would be expected from the leaders of other regions too.

JAC independent entity

Moreover, the Telangana leaders felt that the JAC was not being run by any political party and that separate Telangana ceased to be just a political issue. Asked whether the Congress continued to be part of the JAC, Nizamabad MP Madhu Yashki said: “Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s announcement on the proposed committee is more important to us, not the JAC”.

Other Congress leaders took the line that Mr. Moily’s directive was aimed more at coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders than those from Telangana.

“We will review the situation after the terms of reference and other aspects of the committee are known before chalking out the future course of action,” senior leader and former Minister K. Jana Reddy said.


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