Many of the Congress leaders were against the idea of a joint agitation for Telangana.
“Why should we do that? We are the biggest party in the Telangana region, there is no need to work under some other organisation or leadership,” said the BC welfare minister and convener of the Telangana Congress Legislators Forum, Mr Basavaraju Saraiah, adding that the Congress leaders would never work with TJAC and take up any joint agitations.
“Very soon, perhaps on July 9 or 10, the Telangana Congress leaders who have resigned will decide how to take the movement forward,” Mr Jana Reddy said, adding, “Though it (the resignations) is painful for the party, we had no other option but to resign as was asked by our people. There is no question of withdrawing our resignations till Telangana state is achieved.”
The Rajya Sabha member, Dr K. Kesava Rao, also ruled out the possibility of joint agitation programmes.
“How can we do that? We work on our own, we will decide what we have to do,” he said. It was also decided during the meeting to adopt a “wait and watch” policy regarding any developments that may take place and for a possible response from the Congress central leadership on the Telangana issue.
“Our non-cooperation will continue for some more time; we are not attending our duties, but at the same time we have to give a reasonable time to the high command,” said a minister.
Mr Jana told the MPs and legislators in the meeting that the TJAC chairman, Prof. Kodandaram, had met him on Thursday afternoon and had discussed the idea of taking up joint agitations but he had informed the latter that the matter had to be discussed with all Telangana Congress leaders.
He said that Prof. Kodandaram and Gaddar had called to invite all Congress leaders who had quit to participate in a felicitation which would be organised in the next few days. Deccan Chronicle