The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has decided to exempt emergency services from its ‘sadak bandh’ of NH-7 in Mahabubnagar and Ranga Reddy districts on February 24. “Ambulances and other emergency service vehicles will be allowed to ply on the entire stretch of NH-7 where we will stage blockade,” TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram stated after a meeting of the steering committee here on Thursday. The activists participating in the protest were told to make way for such vehicles, he said.

Stating that they had taken up NH-blockade in protest against the Centre’s failure to take a decision on Telangana issue, he blamed the Centre and Congress for the continuing suicides by students and youth. He appealed to people to postpone their plans for travel on the stretch between Shamshabad and Alampur crossroad on February 24 and cooperate with ‘sadak bandh’.

The rank and file of TRS, BJP and CPI (ML-New Democracy) and TJAC leaders would participate in the blockade at 12 places already identified, Mr. Kodandaram said. He later met BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy and sought total support to NH-blockade.

The BJP would take out a publicity yatra on Friday from Kothur to Alampur cross road in support of ‘sadak bandh’. TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao told the party legislators to to make the blockade a success.

Speaking at a diary release function, TRS MLA K.T. Rama Rao criticised the Congress for not making even a mention of Telangana issue in the President’s speech to the joint session of Parliament on Thursday.

Binding over of Telangana activists would not deter people from making ‘sadak bandh’ a success, he noted.

TRS, BJP, CPI (ML-New Democracy) and TJAC leaders to participate in ‘sadak bandh’ at 12 places already identified