The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee has decided to observe AP Formation Day on November 1 as the ‘Betrayal Day’.
The decision has been taken in the emergency meeting of TP-JAC’s Steering Committee held at Telangana Films Chambers at Secunderabad on Monday. Briefing the media persons, TP-JAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram said that the November 1 would be observed as Black Day in protest against the ‘forcible merger of Telangana with the Andhra region in 1956′. He said black flags would be hoisted across the region and all elected representatives would boycott the Formation Day celebrations.
Further, the TP-JAC has also announced that all the elected representatives of the region would go on 72-hour ‘Deeksha’ from November 1. He requested the leaders of all political parties to participate in the ‘Deeksha’ to send a strong message to the Centre that people in the region would settle for nothing other than statehood for Telangana. However, he said the entire scheduled of ‘Deeksha’ would be finalised in consultation with the MLAs concerned.
Kodandaram said that the ‘Deeksha’ has been aimed at mounting pressure on the Centre to make an early announcement on the bifurcation of the State. He also expressed solidarity and support to the indefinite hunger fast proposed to be started by former minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy along with one lakh supporters at Nalgonda. He said ‘Deeksha’ would be held at all villages in the region and would not be confined to the district headquarters. He asked school and college students and their parents to participate in the ‘Deeksha’.
The JAC chairman condemned a recent statement of Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad asking the employees to end the strike. He said without announcing a road map for the formation of Telangana, Azad has been requesting for withdrawal of general strike. This exposes the Centre’s non-seriousness on the issue of Telangana, he alleged adding that the Centre has been delaying the process of formation of Telangana in the name of consultations.
The JAC Steering Committee has passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the government withdraw all cases booked against the Telangana activists and leaders who took part in the general strike. Further, the committee has also condemned the protest held at Kodandaram’s residence. The JAC said that the protest was held by some vested interests who are trying to defame the leaders spearheading the Telangana agitation. (INN)