Overwhelming response in spite of bandh call given by Telangana JAC
The Congress Members of Parliament sprang a surprise by raising the slogans of “Jai Telangana” and demanding the government to abide by December 9, 2009 statement on the formation of separate Telangana state during the conduct of ‘Rachabanda' programme in front of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar in Malharrao mandal in Karimnagar district on Thursday.
The ‘Rachabanda' programme was held amid unprecedented security arrangements in this interior village and incidentally there was overwhelming response to the public meeting with the active participation of the people in spite of bandh call given by Telangana JAC leaders.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, Peddapalli MP G. Vivekanand started his speech by raising slogan of “Jai Telangana” amid cheers and response from the audience. He demanded that the government should abide by December 9, 2009 statement on the formation of separate Telangana state to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the region. Alleging that the government was starting power projects in the regions where there was no coal and water, he demanded that the government should start a power project at the Tadicherla region where there was coal and water resources to provide employment and economic activity in the backward region of the district.
Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar said that the people of the region want separate Telagnana state amid cheers. He said that he was not opposing the conduct of ‘Rachabanda' programme but suggesting the gathering to pass a resolution for the formation of separate Telangana state. He clarified that they were raising slogans of “Jai Telangana and Jai Congress” only to instil confidence and safeguard the party cadres that the Congress alone would give separate Telangana state.
Responding to the MPs speeches and the mood of the people, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that they would abide by whatever decision the Union government takes on the Telangana statehood issue. Stating that the Telangana statehood issue was being waged since last five decades, he called upon the people not to obstruct the development and welfare programmes in the meantime.
When the meeting was in process, the pro-Telangana activists crossed the tight security cordon and raised slogans of “Jai Telangana”. However, the police caned the protestors and lifted them to the police station to ensure peace in the region. In the meantime, Minister for Civil supplies D. Sridhar Babu said that people want only development and welfare schemes. Ministers D.K. Aruna, Mukesh Goud, Sudarshan Reddy and others were also present.