Hyderabad: The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), that comprises TRS, members of BJP and various other pro-Telangana outfits, on Wednesday said it will take its campaign for a separate state to the national capital.
"The JAC would organise rallies, meetings and conduct lobbying in Delhi in the coming months to impress upon the Centre to grant statehood to Telangana and to attract national attention," JAC Convener M Kodandaram told reporters.
The JAC would also highlight the large number of suicides
by youth and others in support of the Telangana demand in its
bid "to make the Centre understand the urgent need to settle
the issue," he said.
"The Telangana issue has to be highlighted appropriately.
Lobbying has to be continued in Delhi. People in Delhi are not
aware of this new form of protest. Why such large number of
suicides are taking place. May be they will understand the
urgency of settling this issue," he said.
The JAC held a meeting of its steering committee today.
The JAC also decided to organise the Andhra Pradesh
Formation Day on November one as "Betrayal Day" on a large
scale, he said.
JAC workers would ask the ministers and MLAs from
Telangana to stay away from the official celebrations of the
Day in protest against the formation of Andhra Pradesh.
In the run up to the AP Formation Day, the JAC would
hold meetings in all districts in Telangana to involve people
in the protests in large numbers, Kodandaram said.
Kodandaram urged people to participate in road blockades
on November 1 on national highways so that the message of
their protest reached Delhi.
Asked about the announcement by revolutionary folk artist
Gadar to launch an outfit to fight for separate Telangana,
Kodandaram said the issue was not discussed at today`s meeting
of the steering committee.
The JAC would respond on Gadar`s move at an appropriate
time, he said.
Gadar`s proposed outfit, which is going to be launched on
October 9, has been projected as an alternative to the TRS and
Meanwhile, a group of students from the Osmania
University came to the Telangana Non-Gazetted Officer
Association (TNGO) Bhavan, where the JAC meeting was going on,
and urged the JAC not to endorse the `Bathukammma` festival
being celebrated by Telangana Jagruti.
The festival should not be celebrated by Telangana
Jagruti, an outfit run by TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao`s
daughter K Kavita, as a large number of youth committed
suicides in support of Telangana, the students said.
Asked for the JAC`s stand on the students` demand,
Kodandaram said Telangana Jagruti is not member of the JAC and
hence it cannot take a stand on the outfit`s activities.
Meanwhile, Kavita kicked off the `Bathukamma`,
essentially a Telangana festival, by offering prayers at a
temple on the lower tank bund road here.