The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee on Wednesday announced the schedule for another round of agitation demanding statehood for the Telangana region.
However, unlike past this time the agitation has been confined to two days of protest. On December 1, the TP-JAC will organise ‘Dappu Chatimpu’ or ‘beating of drums’ protest across the Telangana region. The pro-Telangana activists will gather at the central locations of all villages demanding statehood for the region.
December 9 will be observed as ‘Telangana Atma Gaurava Dinam’ (Self Respect Day) wherein massive dharnas would be conducted before the collectorates of all 10 districts in the region. The District Steering Committees of TP-JAC would meet on November 28 to give final shape to the agitation programmes.
These decisions were taken by the Steering Committee of the TP-JAC which met here at Vasavi Kalyana Mandapam in Khairtabad on Wednesday. Later, briefing the media persons TP-JAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram said that the statehood agitation would continue and future strategies would be discussed and implemented after December 10. However, he denied the reports of him sitting on a hunger fast saying that was the “last missile” that he would use, if required.
Prof Kodandaram slammed the Congress-led UPA Government for not recognising the Telangana agitation. He said both the Central and State Governments were trying to suppress the agitation at all levels. While the Congress leaders from the region are unable to express themselves on the issue, the TDP leaders were behaving like mute spectators, he said.
The TP-JAC chairman accused Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and DGP V Dinesh Reddy of misusing their power to suppress the agitation. He said cases under serious sections are being booked even for incidents like effigy burning. He alleged that the DGP was behaving like a Seemandhra leader and targeting the pro-Telangana activists.
Kodandaram demanded CBI probe into the recruitment of lecturers through the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. He said many deserving candidates were not getting jobs due to the irregularities. He also alleged that Seemandhra people were the major beneficiaries of the Rajiv Yuva Kiranulu jobs scheme.
The TP-JAC also demanded that the State Legislative Assembly pass a resolution for bifurcation of State on the lines of Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He asked the Congress and TDP MLAs to support the resolution on the floor of the house.
The TP-JAC has also announced its support for the Telangana lawyers’ meet being held on November 27 in protest against the cases booked against the Telangana activists by the State Government.
Meanwhile, Telangana Gazetted Officers Association president Srinivas Goud alleged that the State Government has adopted a vengeant attitude towards the employees who took part in the Sakala Janula Samme. He said the Telangana employees were being harassed in all districts in the region.
Srinivas Goud said that if the government fails to stop the harassment within a week, the employees would launch protest and might go on general strike again. (INN)
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