Eight Telangana MPs on Wednesday decided to intensify the agitation for the separate Telangana state from July beginning with a hunger strike from the first week of the month and to be followed by their resignations from Parliament.
The MPs led by Rajya Sabha member and former Congress Working Committee member K Keshava Rao decided to have an extended meeting with the region’s MLAs and ministers on June 5 to finalise an action plan for the next phase of the agitation.
On June 6, the MPs plan to go to New Delhi and meet all the senior leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi and convince them of the need to announce a decision on Telangana before the end of June as was promised before the elections in five states.
The MPs, Keshava Rao, Manda Jagannatham, Madhu Yaski Goud, Ponnam Prabhakar, G Vivek, Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy and S Rajaiah met at the residence of Rajagopal Reddy in the backdrop of endowments minister Jupalli Krishna Rao’s resignation from the cabinet on Tuesday. The resignation, which was accepted by the governor on Wednesday, is expected to mount pressure on the other ministers in the state including Union petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy.
Talking to the media, Keshava Rao said the Telangana Congress would intensify the movement for the separate state from July in case there was no announcement on the issue by the end of June. “We are ready to resign from Parliament if our demand is not met,” he said.
In the meeting, Vivek distributed Telangana flag badges to the MPs and asked them to wear it always. He said the badges would be distributed to the people also. Rajagopal Reddy said he would write a letter to the PM on behalf of the MPs seeking an early end to the T stalemate.
Meanwhile, in a compromise worked out between the two warring ruling party leaders from Mahbubnagar, information minister D K Aruna will not stop the Telangana padayatra of Jupalli Krishna Rao.
The compromise was effected by Keshava Rao on Wednesday, said sources. The former CWC member had been in touch with the two sides for the past two days to mediate a compromise on the yatra. On Tuesday, Keshava Rao had a meeting with Aruna and other leaders from Mahbubnagar district. After the meeting, Aruna said she had never tried to stop the yatra of Jupalli.
“I have never asked my people to stop the yatra. We had only expressed our displeasure since we were not kept informed of it. As an MLA of Gadwal, the least I would expect is that I should be kept informed of any political programme in my constituency by a fellow minister,” Aruna said.
On other hand, Jupalli said a decision on his next plan of action would be taken in a couple of days. “I am consulting intellectuals, students and other T-supporters on the next phase of agitation. It will take some time for the programme to be finalised,” Jupalli said. TOI