Hyderabad: The heat wave in Telangana region has dissipated the grandiose plans of the TRS of shaking up the Centre with its third phase of agitation for separate state.
With the mercury touching 45 degree Celsius in most parts of the region on Thursday, the dharnas organised by the TRS at all mandal headquarters demanding that the Centre introduce the Telangana bill in the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament received poor response.
In the north Telangana districts __ Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Warangal __ where the heat has become unbearable, only a handful turned up for the dharnas. Warangal district TRS president A Sudharshan Reddy said most party activists, sympathisers as well as students were not willing to take part in the agitation in the present prevailing heat wave condition.
Though TRS local leaders made repeated requests to the people to take part in the movement through mobile messages and phone calls, people preferred to stay indoors, admitted party sources.
In south Telangana, a few protests were held at big mandals in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts but in Medak, the home district of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao, not a single agitational programme has been held so far. In Ranga Reddy district too, there were no dharnas or agitations staged.
A senior leader said the Rasta Roko, which was the first agitational programme of the third phase movement held on May 14, also failed to mobilise the people, mainly due to the heat wave. It was for the same reason that KCR cancelled his tour to Karimnagar where he was scheduled to take part in dharnas and other agitational programmes this week, another senior leader said.
However, the other scheduled agitational programmes – dharnas at all collectorates on May 25 and Rail Roko on May 30 will be held as scheduled. TOI