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State Formation Day celebrations likely to be disrupted

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Representatives of JACs led by M. Kodandaram meet at Yashki’s residence

perfect host:MP Madhu Yashki Goud’s mother welcoming T-JAC chairman Prof. M. Kodandaram at his residence in Hyderabad on Saturday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
perfect host:MP Madhu Yashki Goud’s mother welcoming T-JAC chairman Prof. M. Kodandaram at his residence in Hyderabad on Saturday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

The supporters of separate Telangana are likely to disrupt the State Formation Day celebration on November 1.

A meeting of the joint action committees of different segments and the Telangana political JAC on Saturday gave a call to observe the day as “Telangana betrayal day”. And, the protests organised on November 1 will mark the commencement of yet another agitation in support of separate Telangana, which would be more intense than the movements seen in the past including the September 30 Telangana March.

Though the final programme of the next phase of agitation had not been decided yet, the meeting had tentatively decided to ensure that the agitation reaches its peak on December 9, coinciding with the then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s announcement three years ago that the process of formation of separate Telangana had been set in motion.

Representatives of the JACs led by the Telangana political JAC chairman M. Kodandaram conferred at Congress MP Madhu Yashki Goud’s residence on Saturday to discuss about the finer details of the agitation to convince the Government to fulfil its assurance. It was decided to mount pressure on the Telangana Ministers and MLAs to stay away from the State Formation Day celebrations in their respective areas.

‘Much intense stir’

Prof. Kodandaram, however, refused to elaborate on the mode of agitation that was proposed to be taken up, but asserted that it would be “much intense” than the ones conducted in the past.

The meeting focussed on steps that were required to achieve a unanimous voice in support of Telangana State, setting aside minor differences, if any, between the various groups and parties.

Former CWC member K. Keshav Rao said the party’s Telangana representatives were prepared to join hands with sympathisers of the cause, irrespective of their political affiliation, as “our ultimate goal is to achieve separate Telangana”.

According to balladeer Gaddar, the Telangana March which commenced on September 30 would continue till the separate State became a reality.

The meeting, according to sources, focussed mainly on the arrest of the Telangana MPs ahead of the march and participants saw the move was an affront to the protagonists of separate Statehood.

The Congress MPs were understood to have expressed their ire at some of the participating JACs for targeting them.

They had explained how they demonstrated their commitment in the presence of party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the floor of the Parliament, incurring suspension from the proceedings for few days.

This also brings curtains down on speculation on whether they would participate in the proposed protest when the Prime Minister is expected to be in the city to attend the global biodiversity meeting making it clear that they would not be party to the protests.

“The MPs clarified their position and we are convinced by their explanation,” Mr. Gaddar said.


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