Hyderabad: The Telangana Joint Action Committee president, Prof. M Kodandaram, on Tuesday announced that the ongoing agitation for bifurcation of the State would be intensified from the next month due to the arm-twisting methods being adopted by the State government.
Speaking to mediapersons, Prof. Kodandaram has charged the Kiran Kumar Reddy government with issuing GO No. 177 with an intention to suppress the ongoing agitation for separate Telangana and demanded that the controversial GO No. 177 be withdrawn immediately. He also made it clear that the agitation would be intensified with the active cooperation of the Employees Associations JAC.
Prof. Kodandaram has suggested to the district JAC leaders to submit memoranda to the district Collectors on May 21 demanding withdrawal of the ill-conceived GO. He also called upon them to conduct seminars on May 22 against the GO No. 177 and the Eighth Chapter of the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee on Telangana. He also asked them to organise candle and torch light processions on May 23 to stage their protest.
The Telangana JAC convenor said that he would be visiting New Delhi on May 25 along with the JAC Steering Committee members where they would meet the top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and set up national-level Telangana JAC.
On the issue of reinstalling statues on the Tank Bund in the city, Prof. Kodandaram said that no decision should be taken till separate Telangana was formed. Disapproving the Telangana leaders going to Kadapa for electioneering, Prof. Kodandaram did not find fault with the hurling of eggs and tomatoes at the Union minister, Mr S Jaipal Reddy, and State Home Minister, Ms P Sabita Indra Reddy, asking if the people of Telangana shower flowers at such leaders. (NSS)