Hyderabad: The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Thursday, announced a series of agitations in Telangana region to force the Centre to introduce a Bill in Parliament carving out a separate state. The agitations will begin with a rasta roko on May 14 followed by dharnas in all mandals on May 19, 10,000 students’ meet at Hakimpet on May 23, picketing of collectorates on May 25 and a rail roko on May 30.
“We will take the agitation to the stars. Some will be announced and some will be a surprise. I am also planning to undertake tour of the region,” Mr Rao said. Mr Rao on Thursday also warned of serious repercussions if the state government unilaterally installs new statues in place of demolished ones at the Tank Bund. “It is a zulum by government on Telangana people. Why should Seemandhra hegemony and culture be imposed on Telangana people? There is a strong opposition to statues of Seemandhra personalities,” he said.
Taking exception to release of Rs 75 lakh for reinstallation of over dozen statues demolished by angry T-activists during the Million March programme, he warned that if the Chief Minister goes ahead with the project he would face serious backlash. If the government was sincere in protecting the cultural heritage of Telangana people, it should seek the opinion of Telanganaities and TJAC and include statues of noted Telangana personalities, he said. “Why doesn’t the government install statues of noted personalities from Telangana region on Visakhapatnam beach road, Vijayawada Annie Beasant Road and other regions in Seemandhra?” he asked. DC