Hyderabad: The all-party Telangana Joint
Action Committee (JAC), spearheading the agitation for a
separate Telangana state, today decided to continue its
protests even as the Centre announced a five-member committee
on the issue.
"We will continue our agitation as planned earlier.
We would like to know the terms of reference of the committee
before giving our reaction. The JAC would meet after the terms
of reference of the committee are announced," JAC Convener C
Kodandaram told reporters.
He, however, acknowledged there is some movement on
the part of the Centre towards taking a decision on the issue.
"There is some movement in the government towards
announcing a decision. There is some impact of the deadline we
have put. Meetings and discussions are taking place. Whether
the decision is positive for us or not, that we can say only
after the government announces its decision," he said.
Asked about reports that justice B N Srikrishna,
chairman of the committee formed by the Centre, was known to
be against the creation of smaller states, Kodandaram said the
JAC would not doubt the integrity and competence of the
members of the panel.
"We do not doubt the integrity and competence of the
committee members. Moreover, terms of reference are more
important than individuals," he said.
Leaders of all parties from Telangana region said they
would like to know the terms of reference of the committee
before coming out with a response.