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Monday, January 25, 2010

Sushma bats for T-bill in next Parliament session

Hyderabad: Charging the Congress with betraying the people of Telangana on the issue of separate state, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Sunday demanded the Centre to table the T-bill in Parliament. If the Centre tables such a bill, the BJP reiterates its decision to support it, she told a convention of Telangana protagonists held near Indira Park. Taking a strong objection to the possibility of forming a committee headed by a Supreme Court judge, she said it would only mean that the Centre wants to put the issue on the backburner. All consultations are over. There is no need for any further consultations . The government should now table a bill during the next session of Parliament, she said.

The demand for separate Telangana has come from all sections of the society cutting across party lines and there was no point in further delaying the issue. Referring to the assurance given by the Union home minister P Chidambaram that the government would lift all the cases against students who had participated in the agitation following the hunger strike by TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, she said, people thought it was a gift of Sonia Gandhi on her birthday, but even on this issue the Centre was backtracking. What is this if not betrayal of the people of Telangana, she said and added that it had adopted similar tactics even after the 1969 agitation for separate Telangana .

Sushma said NDA government was prepared to give separate Telangana but due to the opposition from TDP which was supporting the government from outside it could not do so. If TDP had supported the move then T state would have been a reality long back, she said. Appealing to students not to commit suicides, Sushma said she had moved a private members bill in Lok Sabha but it cannot be taken up for discussion unless it gets Presidents consent. The President did not give approval, she said and enthused the gathering by raising slogans like Jai Telangana, Bharat mata ki jai and Vandemataram .
Real T-drohis will be exposed soon: KCR

Hyderabad: TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said the betrayers of Telangana cause would be exposed in the next three days. Participating in the relay hunger strike organised by Telangana lawyers forum at Qutubullapur, he said the TRS legislators would be the first to press for acceptance of their resignations on January 28. Expressing hope that the Congress party leaders would join them in this move, he said that if they back out, it would become clear as to who are Telangana drohis. TRS leaders and workers will stage dharnas in front of the houses of all those legislators who fail to resign from the Assembly and Lok Sabha, he warned. Meanwhile, T-JAC has threatened to launch a non-cooperation movement on Jan 30, if the Centre does not indicate the time frame by when it would carve a separate state by January 28.
Cong elected members meet on T today

Hyderabad: Telangana Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs have decided to meet at the Assembly committee hall on Monday to chalk out future course of action on Telangana in the wake of the January 28 deadline set by the joint action committee of political parties. Though leaders have already said it was inappropriate for the JAC to force such a decision on the Congress , they were wary of public reaction, especially student JAC. They urged Rajya Sabha MP K Keshava Rao to use his good offices with the high command to convey the feelings of the people of Telangana.

Meanwhile, Keshava Rao has asked the police to immediately withdraw cases against students and others who have been associated with the T-movement . Rao also took strong objection to the Eluru MPs outburst that the T-struggle was allegedly being supervised by Maoists and the OU garjana was conducted at their behest.

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