Telagana battle continues

In a bid to intensify their protest seeking statehood status for Telangana, the members of the Telangana Rastriya Samithi and the Bharatiya Janata Party picketed the offices of all the district collectors.

Members of both the parties came out in huge numbers and gheraoed the offices of the district collector and also shouted slogans in favour of a separate state. The political Joint Action Committee for Telangana has said that it would intensify its protests over the coming days and they would continue until the government tables the bill for a separate state in Parliament during the budget session in February. The JAC says that in the next round they would boycott all educational institutions and also ask officers to observe a pen down strike. It would be exactly like the non-cooperation movement undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi, the JAC chief said.

Meanwhile pro Telangana organizations continued to stand outside the houses of representatives of both the Congress and the TDP from Telangana. They have been protesting outside the houses of these public representatives. The protestors have been demanding that the MLAs and MPs of the region put in their papers so that pressure to grant a separate state is given into.

The Congress on the other hand which has nearly 60 MLAs from the Telangana region has decided to wait until February for the government to table the bill in Parliament. They had said that they would all resign if the government fails to act by February

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No home for these Cong MLAs

The report of the Shri Krishna Committee has caused more problems for the Congress MLAs from Telangana than the people of the region who have been fighting for this cause for several decades. Nearly 60 congress MLAs from the Telangana had to sit back in Hyderabad and could not visit their respective constituencies as proestors stood guard outside their respective houses.
Take the case of Sudarshan Reddy, irrigation minister in the Andhra Pradesh government. He hails from the Bodan constituency in Nizamabad district and was supposed to return to his home constituency today. However he advised against it due to the protests outside his house. This is the case of all MLAs from the Congress belonging to the Telangana region. They have all been advised to stay back at Hyderabad and not visit their home towns as they could face a severe outrage.
Prof Kodanandaram, Political Joint Action Committee for Telangana chief told rediff.com that the Congress was just issuing statements and never really did anything on the ground. If they do not act soon they will face a social boycott and will be wiped out from their constituncies.
These Congress leaders have however said that they are not backing out and had issued an ultimatum to the union government. They decided to wait until February for the government to table the bill on Telangana failing which they would all tender their resignations. One of the Telangana Congress leaders said that this time they cannot take it easy. The movement is gaining a lot of momentum and if we do not act soon they it could well be the end of our political careers.
The congress in andhra pradesh has already started working out the numbers in case these MLAs resign. They will be reduced to a wafer thin majority if the 60 MLas quit. In addition to this they are also thinking over time about the Jagan factor. The statement of K Chandrashkhar Rao of the TRS also has them worried. He had said that there would be a mid term poll in which Jagan would sweep Rayalseema while TRS would sweep Telangana. Political observers are treating this statement as a possible alliance between the two even as both camps suggest that no such thing is cooking.

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Telangana does not belong to a Reddy or Rao

The Muslims in Telangana feel that formation of Telangana is the best possible solution for them. A cross section of Muslims across Hyderabad say that they have got nothing but atrocities from the existing set up. The only solution is the formation of the state which would ensure that they get their individual identities and they can start being treated as part of this place.

Lateef Mohammad Khan, the convenor for the Muslim Forum for Telangana says that the Shri Krishna Committee report on Telangana has been disappointing. In this interview with rediff.com he says that it like old wine in a new bottle and it also describes the Urdu saying khoda pahad nikla chuha who bhi mara huva.

Did you expect such a report to come out?

The report which came out was shocking. None of us even expected that the commission would give out a report which refuses to take any kind of stand. We were looking for a solution and all we got was options. Who is interested in the analysis of the situation. This is

  democratic demand and should have been given into. Instead of solving the problem this committee has tried to dissolve it and make it a more complicated one. This committee has betrayed our hopes and aspirations. Due to this report the sentiments of Telangana people have been hurt to a large extent.The people of Telangana are suffering since 1956  and their rights have been always violated and they are continuously struggling for justice. On every occasion the people of Telangana have been cheated and at every stage in the name of agreements, packages, and commissions. However, these have been never implemented.

 
What is the strength of the Muslims in Telangana?

The Muslims form nearly 20 per cent of the population of Telangana. This is not some ordinary strength. Once the state is formed we will be taken very seriously.

What benefits will Muslims have once Telangana is formed?

The biggest benefit is the political share that Muslims will have once the state is formed. We will have a bigger role to play in the affairs of the state once Telangana is formed. This is something that the Muslims have been deprived off all these years. The fact is that once Telangana is formed no government can be formed without the support of the Muslims.

Is that all you are looking for? A Political share?

No that is not all. Urdu is the second language in this region officially, but the same has never been implemented. Once Telangana is formed Urdu will become the official second language. In addition to this there is a very strong Muslim culture in this region and that is being finished off. Once the state is formed there will be proper recognition of our culture. Also the Wakf board land which has been taken away by greedy industrialists will be returned once the state is formed. None of us have a major interest in this land, it is just that every homeless Muslim will get a house to live in.

Are all Muslims united in their stand for Telangana?

Yes they are now. Earlier they were not, but now they have understood that it is the need of the hour.

What about the MIM?

Their stand is neutral, but I am sure that they are in favour of the movement. They need to understand the growing demand for a separate state in the district levels and I am sure that they will take care of their concerns as well. They have also understood that all Muslims want Telangana and they will not do anything to anger them. In addition to this we are happy that the MIM is very particular that if Telangana is formed then Hyderabad should be the capital.

There is a difference of opinion between the students and the polticians on this issue. What is your thinking about this?

Yes there is one at the moment. The students are an emotional lot and feel very strongly for this movement. They are the ones who have been fighting for the cause and laying down their lives. They feel that the polticians are only looking for political gains and to an extent that is very true. Political parties have been more of a hinderance than of any help to the movement since most of them are furthering their political campaign through this movement. Moreover none of the politicians stand in front of police fire and fight for the movement and this has angered the students no end.

Who will your forum support? The Students of the politicians.

The students of course since we feel that they are more serious about the movement.

But then you are part of all the political Joint Action Committee Meetings.

Yes that is correct. We need to be there to remind the politicians to keep the fire alive since the issue has not been solved as yet completely. We also need to ensure that the politicians do not restrict themselves to their chambers and issue statements.

 
What role will your forum play now?

The forum was first formed to bring all Muslims united to fight for this movement. That part of the job is now over. Our next role will be when the state is formed and we will need to ensure that all legitimate rights of the Muslims are given.

Do you see the state being formed?

Yes of course and there is no doubt about that. It will be done in a years time for sure. We are confident about that.

 
Is Telangana a solution for all atrocities against Muslims?

We cannot link these two. But yes we will have a voice. We want a Telangana of the people and not a Telangana of a Reddy or a Rao

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T protestors begin Cong, TDP embarassment

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Congress will face social boycott

Prof. Kodandram- Pic by cinejosh.com
The Telangana issue is once again on the boil and this time again it is the students who are spearheading the protests at the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad. Incidents of violence have been on the rise ever since the Shri Krishna Committee report was made public by Home Minister, P Chidambaram at New Delhi on January 6th.

The road ahead for these protestors appears to be tough and the people of Telangana have pinned their hopes on the political Joint Action Committee for Telangana. Heading this JAC is Professor M Kodandaram and he has been issuing statements repeatedly that they will not settle for anything less but statehood status for Telangana. In this interview with rediff.com, Prof. Kodandram says that the road map has to be laid out, but looking at the atrocities on students being committed by the Andhra Pradesh government, we have decided to act fast and not wait until February to start our aggressive campaign for a separate state.

What are your thoughts on the Shri Krishna report on Telangana?

We have no thoughts and we have been cheated yet again. It is not as though we were expecting anything from the report and were sure that it would go against us. We had questioned the constitution of the committee especially when the union government had made it clear that the formation for the formation of a separate state had begun. There was no meaning in such a committee and we had boycotted it from day one itself.

How will the political JAC react to the violence being created by the students. There is also a media gag on covering such violence.

It is unfortunate that the students are provoked into acts of violence. All people of Telangana have believed in peaceful protests and that is what all of us had intended doing. However there appears to be a design to provoke the students. This is a democratic set up and people have every right to protest. Why should there be restrictions on such protests and why should there be a gag on the media to cover the protest. This has hindered free flow of information and this is not correct. No government can prevent the media from giving information from the public.

The police claim that they had fired rubber pellets to curb the mob. Don’t you think the police is doing its duty?

There is a youth called Ravi Kumar who sustained very serious injuries after police firing. If these were rubber pellets why was he seriously injured. Such police for is not accounted and this not legitimate in a democracy. Moreover we have information that some plan clothed police men started pelting stones to provoke the students and now they want to give a colour that it is the students who started this problem in the first place. I would also like to draw your attention towards the supreme court order which says para military forces should not be deployed around education campus’ and also that police can enter into a campus only with the prior approval of a three member committee. All these norms have been flouted.

What is the road map ahead now?

We had planned on starting an agitation from the month of February. However we do not want to wait any longer. We had planned on a complete pen down agitation where all offices, education institutions would be shut until a separate state is granted. However looking at the atrocities by the police, we think that we should not wait any longer. Our agitation originally slated for February will now commence this month itself. There is no point in waiting any more.

Could you describe for us the exact nature of what the agitation would be?

We will resort to blocking roads. All educational institutions will remain shut and all government officials of Telangana will not report to work. We have decided to adopt a non-cooperation policy and will continue to do so until our demand for a separate state is met. Enough is enough, the common man cannot be taken for granted and our children cannot be tortured any more.

Is there is a need to resort to violence?

Why do you think it is we who have resorted to violence. We are the people who have been deprived of our legitimate rights and the government cannot play around with our emotions any longer. It is like the situation we had during emergency where facts cannot come out in the open and there are gag orders. This is not democracy. The students wanted to have a peaceful demonstration. Instead the police fire on them and do not even provide proper medical facilities.

Will you try and talk to the union government on this issue?
No that question does not arise. The time for talks is over. The ball is in their court and they need to act.

The Congress MLAs and MPs have issued an ultimatum to the Union Government stating that if the bill for Telangana is not passed in the budget session, they would all quit. What are your thoughts on this?
Let us see what happens. It is not enough to sit in chambers and issue statements. They have a responsibility and they are from Telangana. If they want to move around freely and peacefully then they have to come to the streets and fight the battle. They will have to fight until the bill is passed. If they back track or do not join the agitation then trust me they will face a social boycott. I want to tell them to come to the streets and fight and not sit and issue statements alone since that will not help the movement.

The battle for Telangana

The meeting of the Congress MLAs from Telangana decided that they were ready to give the Union Government time till February to form Telangana failing which they would all tender their resignations.
The meeting which lasted over an hour comprising over 60 leaders from the Congress has decided to keep the agitation on until a separate state was formed. The government must table the bill in Parliament by February, the leaders said.We are ready to go upto any extent to ensure that our demands are fulfilled, but the end solution would be nothing less than the formation of a separate state the leaders decided.
Meanwhile in order to curb the violence at the Osmania University campus, the Police Commissioner of Hyderabad has issued strict guidelines to all media houses. The commissioner has said that no images of provocation should be shown. The rest of the state has witnessed minor protests barring a major one in which the Congress office at Warrangal was attacked.
In addition to this the police commissioner has also directed the media to be sensitive to the job that the police is undertaking. The directive also states that media persons wishing to cover the events at the Osmania university should inform the jurisdictional police station before doing so.

HRC order:
The Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission has directed the police to move away from the Osmania University Campus as it felt that they were infringing upon the rights of the students who were carrying out a legitimate protest. In addition to this the commission has also summoned the Director General of Police of Andhra Pradesh.
The commission passed the order based on a petition that there was too much police atrocity against the students at the Osmania university and police forces should be withdrawn. The students also said that they wanted to stage a peaceful protest, but the police were uncessarily provoking them so that the agitation turns violent. The commission apart from ordering the police to move away from the campus has also asked the DGP to explain his action against the students.
In response to the Human Rights Commission directive, the police said that they had to take stringent action since persons not concerned with the movement were entering into the venue and trying to cause disturbances.

TRS meets CM:
Meanwhile leaders of the Telangana Rastriya Samithi met with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and briefed him about the situation at the campus. They demanded that police forces be withdrawn immediately and the students be allowed to stage a peaceful protest.

TDP protest:
The Telegu Desam Party made an effort to barge into the Raj Bhavan and demand an explanation from the Governor as to why he gave a negative report regarding Telangana. All the TDP MLAs from the Telengana region who have decided to put in their papers demanded that the Governor give an explanation to the people of Telangana as to why he had given a negative report to the Shri Krishna Committee.
All the leaders were arrested while trying to barge into the Raj Bhavan. However they were later released. The TDP leaders alleged that the Governor of Andhra Pradesh was consulted during the visit of the committee members and he had opposed the formation of Telangana. They further alleged that he had given a negative report and this was one of the main basis for the committee to come to a conclusion that Telangana state should not be formed.
Meanwhile the Congress leaders from Telangana who had said that they would tender their resignations are now thinking of going on an indefinite fast. The leaders after a meeting decided that they would go on a hunger strike and would call it off only when the state is formed.

Get ready for TRS alternate

A day after the Shri Krishna Committee was made public there appears to be a clear divide between the students and the politicians fighting for a separate Telangana movement. The Students Joint Action Committee has now decided to boycott the Telangana Rastriya Samithi as well as the political JAC on Telangana since it feels that these two wings have become a mouth piece for the ruling Congress in both the centre as well as Andhra Pradesh.
Dr Sangam Prithviraj who leads the students at the Osmania University in Hyderbad says that they were foolish to trust K Chandrashekhar Rao of the TRS and now all students in all the ten districts of Telangana will take the movement forward by themselves. In this interview with rediff.com, Dr Prithviraj says that the key thing as of now is to spread an awareness against the TRS since it is important that the people of the region know what exactly their whole game plan is. The movement can progress only if the likes of the TRS are kept away from the movement.

How has the overall reaction to the report on Telangana been so far?
It has been bad. From day one we have boycotted the committee and we will continue to do so. The report has no meaning for us.

There appears to be a clear divide between the political and students wing fighting for Telangana. Could you elaborate?
The students Joint Action Committee has been following the statements issued by the political JAC and also the chief of the TRS, K Chandrashekhar Rao. In no way does it indicate that they are in support of the movement. KCR cannot deny the fact that it is the students who have taken this movement forward. So why does he not support the students and why is he making statements opposite to what we have been making? If you listen or read his statements carefully it is very meek by nature and is all being done for the sake of public consumption.

Is a statement good enough for you to come to such a conclusion?
It all started when the committee was instituted in the first place. We had appealed to them not to go before it since we had questioned its very formation. What was the need for them to go before it? They had done so at the insistence of the Congress party. Moreover KCR now says that the report has nothing against Telangana in it. In fact he goes on to say that the report is in favour of Telangana. Until yesterday afternoon he was singing a different tune and now the tone has changed. We have no doubt that he has been speaking the language of the government.

The committee was formed for the specific purpose of understanding the problems of Telangana. Why should you oppose it outright?
If you recall there was a statement made by Chidambaram last year in which he said that the process for Telangana had begun. This was said in Parliament and we thought that the issue has been sorted out. When such is the case why go and form a committee? What was worse is that the TRS was in agreement of the same at that time and despite this they went ahead and appeared before the committee. This was the last straw for all of us and we stopped trusting the party after that.
If you look at it with an open mind there are certain positives in the report of the committee.
No we don’t want to look at a report of a committee which itself was formed to divert the issue. It was a conspiracy to form the committee. Moreover the committee has not done a thorough job. Out of the ten districts in Telangana it visited only 7. That is not a thorough job according to me. Trust me we are not criticizing for the sake of it and we have a good case on hand to throw the report out.

What about the TRS? Don’t you want to have talks with them?
No, the time for talks is over now. Tomorrow onwards we will start to chalk out a plan to take the movement forward. However the first thing we have on mind is to expose the TRS and how it is fooling the people. A general awareness campaign against the TRS will be launched in every nook and corner of Telangana and only once the people get to know the real face of the TRS will the movement go forward.

What about the political JAC?
That is controlled by the TRS and we have no trust in it. Every action taken by the JAC is against the movement. We are not saying this for the heck of it. We are ready to sit across and debate the matter. I dare the TRS to come before us and debate this issue. We will debate their response to each issue regarding Telangana.

You must be aware that there is a political party needed to carry forward your demands.
Yes I am aware of that. The next three months will see an alternate to the TRS. We students plan to do something to that effect. Before that we need to expose the TRS in public. In addition to this we also plan on launching a new channel which will speak about our cause. The channel owned by the TRS also blacked out the lathi charge against the students at the Osmania university yesterday. We have no faith in them any longer.

Nothing conclusive in Telangana report

Andhra Pradesh continues to be a hotbed of activity following the Shri Krishna Commission report on Telangana. As students and activists continue to protest against the report in every district of Hyderabad, a new road map is being laid out by all those involved in this agitation on how to take the movement forward.
Professor Kothapalli Jayashankar considered to be the idealogue of the movement since the year 1952 feels that this report of the commission is an evasive one. In this interview with rediff.com, Professor Jayashankar speaks about the report, the future of the movement while terming the Shri Krishna Commission formula as the most unacceptable one.

What are your thoughts on the report?
Do you see anything new in it? I don’t. Prima facie, it is just a submission of all the statements made by various people from across the region. There is nothing conclusive, it is evasive in nature and on the whole the formula laid down in it is the most unacceptable one. At the end of it when one reads the report as a whole it says that we should maintain status quo. That is not what the agitation is about and that is not what the people want.

The report appears to have given a lot of suggestions and the Home Ministry says that it should be read with an open mind and the possibilities discussed. Why are you shooting it down without discussion?
There are problems in the Telangana areas and no one can deny that. The report too speaks about it. Our fight has always been for a separate statehood and the earlier position of nearly 60 years back should be restored. So why should we be open to the other suggestions?

The Committee said that it has tried its best to satisfy all people and the government is the one which should consider it and act upon the report. Don’t you want to give them the benefit of the doubt?
No we do not want to give them the benefit of doubt. The committee has indiscriminately gone into several issues which were not required. They appear to have succumbed to the industrialists and the money bags and hence we question the very credibility of the commission as we as the report.

What about the government of India, in whose court the ball is?
No one is giving them a clean chit in this issue. The December statement of last year by P Chidambaram where in he said that the process to form the state has begun should be acted upon. Our understanding of that statement was that the process to form the state has begun and the government had conceded that the state should be formed. So why have they backtracked now. The fight will continue unabated until the government of India lives up to its promise.

You cannot possibly hurry up matters. There is also the rest of Andhra Pradesh which feels strongly that the state should remain united. Cant you give the government some more time?
How much more time. This struggle is on since the past 50 years almost. How many agreements, how many discussions more should we have on this. They have not even honoured the rulings of the courts which speak in favour of a separate state. Many promises have been made and all of them have been broken. We cant give the government any more time. Nearly six decades have passed and three generations have fought for a separate state and sadly we continue to do the same today.

How do you find the movement today? Is that passion still there or has it died down?
The movement to be honest is stronger than before. Today it has got a direction, it is more vibrant and the commitment of the people of Telangana towards this struggle is much stronger. The government of India and also the state government knows this and is aware of this. Why else did the union government make a commitment publically last year. This was an indication that they had agreed with the cause of the people.

Hyderabad actually is the big bone of contention here. The rest of Telangana is just incidental people say. Do you agree?
Hyderabad has been made the bone of contention here. There are some money bags and industrialists who fear that they may lose their wealth if Telangana is formed with Hyderabad as its capital. This is their illusion.

Are you acceptable to the formula that Hyderabad be made a common capital or a Union territory?
No we are not. Again let me explain that this is not a feasible option at all. Hyderabad used to be the capital of Telangana and it should remain that way. Moreover is the government thinking of this as an option just to please the industrialists. What about the common man of Rayalseema? Do you want to him to travel 400 kms to come to the capital. Why is the government not thinking about the common man? It is not feasible. A common capital will only benefit some money bags.

What about the industrialists from the rest of Andhra Pradesh who have business interests in Hyderabad? What will be their status if Telangana is formed.
They have nothing to worry. There are Gujaratis and people from across India who have set up their businesses here. We are not telling them to go. The same rule would apply to the other people of Andhra too. Why are they making such an issue of it?

So what is next on the agenda?
We do not accept the report. Moreover the commission also says that the government of India should act on this as the ball lies in their court. We will wait for the government to act and until then keep our protest alive.

Think of the common man and all that he has to undergo due to violence. What about that aspect?
Violence erupts not because the people of Telangana resort to it. It erupts because of the provocation by the government. There is an evil design to provoke the students so that this movement is dubbed as a bloody one. The police keep instigating our children here and that is what the root cause of the problem is.

How do you view the stands taken by the Congress and the Telegu Desam party on this issue?
The fact that these two parties cannot take a stand since there is plenty at stake for them. The TDP in particular has a harder path ahead. If they fail to act now on this issue then trust me they will be wiped out completely. Each one of their MLAs will lose deposit if they continue to dilly dally. Looking at the manner in which they are going about this it appears to me that they are committing suicide. Both the Congress and the TDP needs to make a decision quick. Do they want to give in to the demand of the people or succumb to the pressure of money bags. However I do not see them playing the fool on this issue and if not out of understanding at least out of compulsion they will have to give in to the people of Telangana.

What about the TRS?
TRS is very clear since day one and it continues to stand by the demand for a separate statehood.

‘TRS will act like a big brother in this protest’

K T Rama Rao. Photo courtesy: In.com
The Telangana Rastriya Samithi has rejected the Shri Krishna Commission report on Telangana and has now decided to launch a series of protests. The TRS which was part of the Joint Action Committee meeting has said that there is no solution acceptable to them other than the formation of Telangana.

Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, legislator of the Telangana Rastriya Samithi who is also the son of K Chandrashekhar Rao says that the government has played with the minds of the people of Telangana. In this interview with rediff.com, KTR as he is called in Hyderabad explains what his party thinks of the report and also their future course of action regarding this issue.

What are your first reactions to the report?

It was shocking to see the kind of recommendations that have been made. It is not the kind of report we expected and we reject it outright.

Is there any other option the TRS has in mind? The Union Government wanted a discussion with an open mind.

No there cannot be any option. I do not understand these recommendations and why they were made. The only option was to form Telangana and that has what our protest has always been about. The government can say what it wants, but we are firm that a state should be formed and demands of the people given in to.

Hyderabad seems to be the bone of contention here. Do you agree?

Hyderabad has always been part of Telangana and will continue to be. When a separate Telangana is carved out then Hyderabad should be part of Telangana as it was before Telangana was merged. The only solution on hand is the formation of Telangana state with ten districts and Hyderabad has to be its capital. At times we feel that there is pressure from some industrialists regarding the Hyderabad aspect.

You would not agree if Hyderabad is made a Union Territory?

No we would not be ok with that. As I pointed out it is part and parcel of Telangana and it should remain with it.

The Government thinks that the report has laid down options and it was the best possible thing that they could do. Every option other than the formation Telangana is not acceptable to the TRS and also the people of Telangana. The government and the commission should have respected the sentiments of the people and fulfilled its promise and made sure that the peoples’ demands were met.

You will have to think of the rest of Andhra Pradesh too, don’t you think? What about the problems faced by them?

The report states that there are portions which are backward and need attention. It also goes on to say that the people have been deprived of certain rights. Further it also recommends that the 1956 scenario could be brought back. It also gives an option to create a separate state. When looking at this, at some level it has accepted that there is a problem on hand. The recommendation then should have been straight forward in nature. That would have solved the entire problem.

You don’t think that the government has thought this through. Or don’t you think that you should give the government some more time since this is a sensitive issue?

I too was surprised that such a decision has come out despite all the thought process. The government had ten months time to mull over this issue and at the end of it this is what they have done. Ten months is a long time and if they were serious they would have given a better solution.

This cannot be an end game now. What is your next immediate demand?

The government must pass a bill in Parliament during its next session. The bill should deal with Telangana and should pave the way for the formation of a separate state. This is what we all will be pushing for. Let the government try and understand the problem. Let them weigh the pros and cons and then take a proper decision after passing a bill in parliament.

The common man is worried about the violence. What stand has your party taken on this?

We are not in favour of violence. We do not believe in all this. I understand that the students have called for a bundh and we hope nothing turns violent. The TRS will act like a big brother in this protest.

The battle for T has begun

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Widespread protests have broken out in Hyderabad and the rest of Andhra Pradesh following the report of the Srikrishna Commission report being made public.
The protests at the Osmania University, which has been the nerve centre of the movement, have intensified and two buses have been burnt down despite heavy police presence. Protests were also witnessed at the Dharna Chowk locality in Hyderabad. Political activity too is hectic in the state.
The Joint Action Committee for Telangana has called for a two-day bandh, Friday and Saturday to protest the commission report. All shops, establishments, schools and colleges will remain shut these two days, the JAC has decided.
The JAC has also issued a directive to burn the Srikrishna Commission report in every district of Telangana. In addition to this they have also said that they would launch a non-cooperation movement in all parts of Telangana from February onwards.
As the JAC meeting headed by Professor Kodandaram was on, members of various committees started burning the effigies of Justice Srikrishna.
The JAC meeting, which just concluded, has decided that it would not cooperate with the government to even implement a portion of the report as they feel it was the biggest betrayal ever since the movement started.
In addition to this, the JAC has also decided to issue a day wise calendar in order to take this movement forward. The calendar would have the day-to-day programmes that are to be carried out in support of the movement and would be distributed both district and taluk wise, the JAC decided.
The members, while speaking at the meeting, decided to adopt a non-cooperation movement to further their fight.
They have decided that violence would not be the way to go forward, but it would be best to adopt the Mahatma Gandhi policy. We are not in favour of violence, Prof Kodanda Ram said at the meeting.
There would be strikes and movements in every part of Telangana until statehood is granted, he added.
Chandrashekhar Rao, the supreme of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, will meet JAC members and chalk out the future course of action.
Rejecting the report, TRS general secretary Subhash Reddy said the options outlined in the report cannot be implemented.
The only option is formation of a separate state and they are not prepared to look beyond that, he said. There is a lot of contradiction and a portion of the report, which suggests that a Greater Hyderabad should be formed is not something that the people have discussed or even asked for,” he said, adding, “I do not know how that has made it to the report. The TRS will study the report in the next two days and will take a final decision on how to carry the protest forward.
All parties and organizations, which have been fighting for a separate state, have rejected the report outright. They say they have been cheated and that this was not the solution.
Refusing to be drawn into the controversy, Srikrishna Commission member V Duggal, when contacted, said: “It (the report) is out in the public. It is up to the government to act on it. Our responsibility was to submit the report and we have done that.
The Students’ JAC has upped the ante against the report. Some students, headed by their leader Dr Prithviraj, are protesting against the report in front of Parliament.
Dr Prithviraj told rediff.com that the report has been rejected and they will boycott all its recommendations. There is only one option available and that is to form a separate state.
Congress legislators from Telangana too echoed similar feelings saying the Centre should carve out a separate state as per its statement on December 9, 2009.
We want Telangana state and nothing else. We hope the Centre will respect the wishes of the people of the region and grant statehood, Telangana Congress legislators, including R Damodar Reddy, Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, Rajaiah and Yadav Reddy said.
Academician and MLC Chukka Ramaiah too said nothing short of a separate Telangana state would do. Lok Satta Party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao said everyone should first study the Committee’s report in detail.
All political parties and people should ensure that peace prevails so that the Centre can take an appropriate decision.