Telangana: JAC to intensify stir, backs bandh
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Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:22
Hyderabad: Dubbing the Centre's Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Committee on Telangana as a "betrayal" of the people of the region, the group spearheading the movement for a separate state on Friday vowed to step up the agitation and backed the call for a bandh tomorrow.

"The ToR are nothing but a betrayal of the people of Telangana. We will intensify our agitation. We appeal to the people to make tomorrow's bandh called by the students a success," the all-party Joint Action Committee Convener C Kodandaram told reporters after a meeting with Telugu Desam leaders.

Asked if TRS and ruling Congress were still part of JAC, he replied in the affirmative. "Congress leaders said they are part of JAC. We are confident that they will attend tomorrow's meeting," he said.

State Congress president D Srinivas welcomed the ToR, while TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao announced his party's decision that its public representatives would quit from the legislature.

The MLAs from Telangana from different parties had sent their resigantions en masse to the Assembly Speaker in support of Telangana but the Speaker rejected all but one of them on the ground that they are not in proper format.

The Centre today announced the Terms of Reference for the Telangana committee, saying the panel will examine both the demands for a separate state of Telangana as well as a united Andhra Pradesh.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 21:22

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