KCR asks Centre to form Telangana immediately

Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 23:11

Hyderabad: Declaring that the "battle" for
separate Telangana has begun, TRS president K Chandrasekhar
Rao on Friday asked the Centre to take steps for formation of the
separate state immediately.

Claiming there is a "constitutional crisis" in the state
in the wake of the resignations of almost all ministers and
MLAs from Telangana, Rao asked the Centre to initiate the
process for the formation of Telangana.

"In view of the strong demand for Telangana, the central
government should grant the separate state immediately", he
told reporters after the first meeting of the Joint Action
Committee comprising leaders cutting across party lines from
Telangana here tonight.

The JAC discussed ways to intensify the agitation
for Telangana state at its first meeting today.

At the closed-door meeting, TRS is understood to
have mooted a proposal to fix a deadline for bifurcation of
Andhra Pradesh but there was no statement on record from the
leaders to this effect.

"I once again appeal to the government of India today.
The Joint Action Committee consisting of all the employees,
advocates, political parties and people?s organizations of
Telangana have come to the conclusion. We will chalk out our
programme. This battle has begun," Rao said.

He claimed there was already a constitutional crisis in
the state. "Almost all Telangana ministers have resigned, MLAs
have resigned and Chief Minister K Rosaiah has no moral right
to continue as Chief Minister".

Rao said while the movement for united Andhra Pradesh was
"orchestrated" the agitation for Telangana "has come from the

Telugu Desam Party, which had attended the inaugural
meeting of the JAC, stayed away from today?s meet in the wake
of an attack on a senior party leader in Osmania University

Chandrasekhar Rao dismissed the allegation by TDP that
TRS was behind the attack on senior TDP leader N Janardhan
Reddy at Osmania University.

"Naidu made the allegation only to stop the TDP leaders
from joining the Telangana agitation", Rao said.

Senior Congress MLA R Damodar Reddy said "we appeal to
the people to hold peaceful protests.

"We will speak to all political parties and form a
committee. As per the recommendations of that committee, we
will go ahead with the agitation," he told reporters.

TDP forms a new body for separate state

Leaders of TDP belonging to
the Telangana region on Friday formed a new body called Telangana
Sadhana Samithi (TSS) to campaign for a separate state.

TDP politburo member Nagam Janardhana Reddy will be
the convenor of TSS while senior leaders Mandava Venkateswara
Rao, M Narasimhulu, E Dayakar Rao, T Devender Goud and
Pocharam Srinivas Reddy will be the members.

The TDP, earlier in the day, decided to walk out of
the Telangana Joint Action Committee and decided to carry out
the struggle for a separate state on its own.

Accordingly, the TSS has been constituted, party
sources said.

Meanwhile, the TDP leaders took out a candle light
rally in the city tonight urging people to maintain peace.


First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 23:11

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