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
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
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.