Telangana activists organise novel protest

Hyderabad: Stepping up pressure on the UPA Government, pro-Telangana supporters on Sunday undertook a novel protest by organising collective cooking programmes at key traffic junctions here and threatened to intensify the stir if their demand is not met.

"It is a practice to conduct collective cooking and community lunches in open areas in Telangana during the monsoon. We have converted this into a form of protest to express our demand for separate statehood," Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener M Kodandaram told reporters at the Gun Park in front of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly building here.

During the protest named 'Hyderabad Cooks On Roads', activists of TRS and the JAC cooked food on streets at various important places here.

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao participated in one such protest near his house in Banjara hills and also at the Gun Park.

His son and TRS MLA KT Rama Rao attended the programme at Ameerpet while his cousin and MLA T Harish Rao took part in the protest at the High-tech City, where a number of reputed software companies have their offices.

JAC convener Kodandaram said, "We have already asked the public representatives of ruling Congress and TDP to quit their posts by June 25. If they don't, we will hold protests in front of their houses in Hyderabad as they are taking shelter in the city, unable to face pressure from people in their constituencies."

He said the agitation will be intensified by launching protests like road blockades and strikes.

The JAC comprises TRS, BJP and other organisations supporting the Telangana cause.