Kodandaram likely to announce a party this month

‘People looking for an alternative to usher in transformation’

A new political party under the stewardship of Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) chairman M. Kodandaram is likely to be announced this month as an alternative to the ruling TRS.

Admitting that he could not delay a decision in this regard any further, Mr. Kodandaram told The Hindu that he was under a “lot of pressure” to launch the party from Telangana supporters. They questioned the utility of T-JAC merely confining to “social and voluntary” work at present without being in any position to bring fundamental changes in politics. “How long can this go on?”

The politics in Telangana under the ruling TRS was full of nepotism and corruption and none of the goals set for the State in the movement for its formation were realised, Mr. Kodandaram said echoing the voice of people who participated in the struggles. The people looked for alternative politics to usher in a transformation process to realise the goals. The ruling party continued the same old politics as in combined State, of extending largesse to contractors from Andhra, he said.

Mr. Kodandaram added his suggestion that a campaign be taken up against the State government to sensitise masses about its wrongdoings did not cut ice with his supporters. They argued that there was no way a change could be brought about in these circumstances unless an alternative leadership emerged. Matters will be stuck at this stage if no steps were taken to stem the rot.

The T-JAC as an umbrella organisation of parties, employees, students and other groups was launched in 2009 in the wake of intensified struggle for separate Telangana. The TRS, BJP, Congress and TDP were part of it but the last two withdrew later. The TRS also distanced itself after the ‘Sagara Haaram’ programme where thousands of people converged on roads around Hussainsagar lake. Mr. Kodandaram has been the T-JAC chairman since the beginning.

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