Party may float own body for stir; OU students express regrets for attack on Nagam
HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam MLAs belonging to Telangana have decided not to share the platform of the Joint Action Committee formed by the TRS and Congress.
At a press conference after a two-hour-long meeting, the MLAs, including E. Dayakar Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and Motkupalli Narsimhulu said they preferred to carry on the struggle for separate Telangana independently by launching a Telangana Sadhana Samithi. But they declared their wholehearted support to the JAC of students, employees, advocates and journalists and would participate in their programmes. They also made it clear that they would not withdraw their resignations submitted to the Assembly Speaker.
‘KCR scared of TD’
They said the attack on Dr. Reddy and other MLAs ‘conspired’ by TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao showed that the JAC had become his and the Congress’ pocket borough. Mr. Rao was targeting TDP leaders scared of its strength in Telangana.
Earlier, the MLAs marched from the Telugu Desam Legislature Party’s office to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Assembly premises and staged a demonstration in protest against the attack on their colleagues in Osmania University campus. They raised slogans denouncing AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for their “double speak” and Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao for allegedly masterminding the attack on them.
Addressing the MLAs, Mr. Dayakar Rao said they had evidence of the involvement of TRS leadership in the attack. The conspiracy was hatched after the TRS and Congress came together recently.
Meanwhile a delegation of the JAC of students of Osmania University met the agitating TD MLAs in the Assembly premises first and then went to Dr. Janardhan Reddy’s house to express their regrets for the attack on them. The students reiterated that the attack was carried out by anti-social elements encouraged by those carrying on a struggle for unified Andhra Pradesh. They said they came to the MLAs to invite them to the campus again.
Mr. Narsimhulu told the students that as an Opposition party TDP had a limited role. In contrast, Congress being in power in the State and at the Centre could push through the bill on separate Telangana if it so desired as it did in the case of reviving Legislative Council and approval of Indo-US Nuclear deal.
In a statement, D. Narendra Kumar, whip of TDLP, condemned the attack on the party MLAs.