The commemoration of the Quit India movement provided a new flash point to Telangana protagonists before the proposed general strike by government employees of the region from August 17. While Telangana Congress leaders warned the high command, while staging a sit-in near the Bapu Samadhi, that party workers would quit the Congress if the latter continued to dither on the separate issue, groups championing the separate state cause like Telangana Jagruti gave a ‘Quit Telangana’ call to Seemandhra leaders who are opposing the T demand.
Telangana Jagruti, a youth organization headed by K Kavitha, daughter of TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, said that the movement was being launched with the spirit of the Quit India movement. “All those opposing the Telangana movement have no place in the region,” she said.
Releasing the poster of the Quit Telangana movement at the Telangana martyrs’ memorial, Kavitha, who has been mobilizing the youth and women by organizing regional festivals, said, “Andhraites and their properties will not be attacked. We will follow the Gandhian dictum. Quit Telangana is a non-violent movement.”
As part of the movement, Telangana Jagruti workers would stage dharnas in front of the residences of Andhra leaders who were ‘actively involved in the denigration of the Telangana movement and the people’. “Leaders like K Sambasiva Rao are spoiling the Telangana movement. His questioning of the honesty of Yadireddy, who recently committed suicide in New Delhi, is the height of Andhra arrogance and cultural domination,” Kavitha said.
The Quit Telangana programme will be launched in Hyderabad first till August 15 and later taken up across the region, Kavitha said.
Meanwhile, Telangana Congress leaders converted the Quit India commemoration day as “Telangana Diksha” at Bapu Ghat. The leaders, under the banner of Congress Telangana Monitoring Group (CTMG), observed T-Dikshas at 60 places across the region which included all the district headquarters.
Former PCC president P Narasa Reddy, M Satyanarayan Rao, Rajya Sabha member K Kesava Rao, former minister T Jeevan Reddy, Palvai Goverdhan Reddy, PCC general secretaries, R Ananda Bhaskar and D Niranjan cautioned the high command that the non-violent Gandhian T-movement would sway into Bhagat Singh’s path if the movement was ignored. TOI