Telangana bill: Pro-statehood parties threaten non-cooperation
Hyderabad: TRS, BJP and other pro-Telangana
outfits have threatened to start a "non-cooperation" movement
from February 17 if the Centre fails to give them an assurance
that a bill for formation of the separate state will be
tabled in the Budget Session of Parliament.
The leaders of TRS, BJP and several peoples`
organisations met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar
Reddy her, under the banner of the Telangana political Joint
Action Committee (JAC), and conveyed their decision to him.
"We told the Chief Minister to speak to the Centre and
see that the bill for formation of separate Telangana is
introduced in the Budget Session of Parliament. If the Centre
fails to make a clear statement about moving the Bill, we will
launch a non-cooperation movement from February 17," JAC
Chairman M Kodandaram told reporters after the meeting.
He appealed to all sections of people to participate in
the non-cooperation agitation and bring administration to a
grinding halt so as to mount pressure on the Centre.
"Since there is no response from the government, we have
to put pressure on the government. We should all come forward
for achieving Telangana and bring administration to a halt,"
Mounting pressure on the MLAs and MPs of Congress and
TDP, he said the public representatives should also
participate in the agitation failing which they will also face
"MPs and MLAs should also take the vow for achieving
Telangana. They should put pressure on the government.
Otherwise, there will be non-cooperation against them also,"
he said. Replying to a query, Kodandaram said the agitation will
be peaceful but the government is making it violent by
harassing Telangana supporters.
"The Chief Minister heard what we said. He said OK. Since
it is our responsibility to inform, we have done that.
Government needs to respond," he said.
Significantly, the Budget session of Andhra Pradesh
Assembly would start on February 17 when the non-cooperation
of pro-Telangana organisations is going to begin.
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao and other pro-Telangana
leaders have been threatening to launch the "non-cooperation"
as the final battle for Telangana.
Addressing a gathering at the party office here
yesterday, the TRS president said administration will come to
a grinding halt in Telangana with the launch of the
non-cooperation agitation as public transport, government
offices and others would take part in the stir.
The Telangana non-gazetted officers association has
already announced that it will start the non-cooperation from
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