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Sunday, January 17, 2010

JAC leaders on relay fast for T-state

JAC leaders on relay fast for T-state
Even as the Congress high commands efforts to persuade Congress MLAs and MLCs to withdraw their resignations are on, the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee on Saturday launched its relay fast with an aggressive note to intensify the movement after Jan 28, the deadline set for the Centres response on statehood for Telangana. Former minister and Congress leader R Damodar Reddy said that all Congress leaders would press for the acceptance of their resignations on January 28 and the JAC would also mount pressure on those leaders from the constituent parties to submit their resignations from the Assembly or Council as per the call given by the JAC. Expressing hope that the Centre would announce its road map on Telangana before January 28, Reddy said that for them posts were not important but achieving a Telangana state was their goal. If you lose the posts and position for the sake of Telangana, tomorrow people would elect you again. Where do these posts go, Reddy asked. Stating that they would go any extent to achieve the statehood for Telangana, Reddy said if other regions organised a counter movement, they would not allow anybody from Rayalaseema and other regions enter Hyderabad.

He asked the MLAs and MLCs from the region to quit the Assembly or Council if a favourable statement did not come from the Union government. He said on January 26, Telangana flags would be hoisted on the rooftop of every house in the region and from next day, the vehicles in the region would sport Telangana on the number plates.

Addressing a gathering at Indira Park, the venue of the relay fast, Nizamabad Congress MP Madhu Yaski Goud asked the people of the region to be cautious of internal enemies. Enemies from the Andhra region can be taken care of. But we should also be careful about enemies from among us, Madhu said.Referring to the intelligence reports allegedly sent by the IB, DGP and the Governor on the Maoist spectre in future Telangana state, Madhu said peoples movement from the village level to capital level was the only answer to the malicious propaganda. Even TDP leaders Nagam Janardhan Reddy, TRS leader Etela Rajender called for pressing for the acceptance of their resignations.

Meanwhile, all senior Congress leaders including PCC president D Srinivas are trying to persuade the MLAs and MLCs individually to withdraw their resignations submitted to Speaker of the Assembly and the chairman of the Council. Srinivas is said to have spoken to all legislators and he is expected to summon them in a couple of days. Others on the job are V Hanumantha Rao, Sarve Satyanarayana, K R Amos, B Kamlakar Rao, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. Congress will wait for the centres statement on the road map for the Telangana creation. The question of pressing for the resignation will arise only after that, Amos told. On Saturday, 21 members from various organisations sat on fast. They include R Damodar Reddy (Congress) S Venugopalachary , L Ramana (Telugu Desam), Koppula Eswar (TRS) and one member from each organisation.
New Delhi: Foul play is learnt to have been ruled out in the chopper crash that killed CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others on September 2, 2009. The independent probe panel set up about three months ago to examine the crash submitted its final report to the government on Friday . It is reliably learnt that the panel has ruled out any foul play or mechanical failure and concluded that loss of control in bad weather led to the crash.
The probe panel, headed by Pawan Hans chief R K Tyagi, submitted the report to aviation secretarys office. Though exact details will be known once the government makes the report public, it is learnt that the chopper had lost its way in blinding rain and crashed into a hill at high speed. The Bell-430 had taken off from Hyderabads Begumpet airport on September 2, 2009, with YSR and four others for Chittoor. After taking off at 8.38 am, it remained in touch with ATC till 9.13 am. Then it lost contact. The choppers debris was found the next day at Rudrakodur hill, 40 nautical miles from Kurnool. This place was not on the choppers original flight path and clearly the Bell-430 had lost its way in blinding rain and crashed into the hill at a very high speed, the report concludes.

The findings come a week after a speculative TV report in a Telugu channel which claimed that there had been a conspiracy to kill the former CM. The report had led to violence following which two TV journalists were also arrested.

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