Hyderabad: The Telangana Sadhana Movement Co-ordination Committee and Telangana Freedom Fighters’ Forum have decided to launch a two-day Satyagraha by undertaking relay hunger strike on June 15 and 16 at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Gandhi Bhavan from 10 am to 5 pm seeking to expedite Telangana State formation process by August 15 this year.
Speaking to mediapersons here today, the former minister and freedom fighter, Mr Konda Lakshman Bapuji, said that there has been no positive response to their memorandum, which was sent on May 5 to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Union Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, and the UPA Chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi urging the Centre to start Telangana process from June 1 so that Telangana Bill could be tabled and passed in the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament and separate Telangana State was formed by August 15.
Mr Bapuji said that they took out a five-day Pratigna Bus Yatra in all Telangana districts from May 19 to 23 and also observed May 25 as Pratigna Divas by marching from Charminar to Gun Park and took a pledge at Telangana martyrs memorial to continue the struggle till Telangana State was formed. In case, the Union government fails to honour its December 9, 2009 commitment, the Satyagraha should be treated as a warning for further agitations even at New Delhi i.e. inside and outside Parliament House.
The Telangana Praja Sanghala Samiti Chairman, Prof. I. Thirumali, alleged that political leaders from Telangana were only trying to dominate the movement but not interested to fight for the cause of separate State. He also appealed to the political parties to come forward on a single platform and fight for separate State. He said that it was time that eminent leaders of Seemandhra and Telangana hold a round table conference on June 19 at Swamy Ramananda Teertha Trust Bhavan, Begumpet, here at 11am to sort out the problems and formulate certain terms agreeable for de-merger of Andhra Pradesh with a goodwill under the spirit of “ Kalasi Vidipodam, Vidipoyi Kalasi Vundam’.