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Sunday, January 24, 2010


Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday put the blame on the central government for the ongoing political crisis in the state and called upon the students to continue their stir until separate T-state is achieved. Addressing a public meeting attended by about 40,000 people at Nizam College Grounds on Saturday, she said that no one can stop the bifurcation of the state and Telangana state will become a reality soon. Extending full support to the students movement, she said that the BJP had already moved a private members bill in Lok Sabha and it would once again take up the issue in the budget session of Parliament.

BJP will extend its support for the cause both at the central level and in the state. It was the first political party to pass a resolution in favour of separate Telangana at the Kakinada meeting in 1997. While there was a rift among the leaders from the three regions on the T issue, BJP was the only party which had convinced its leaders from Andhra region not to oppose the move for bifurcation of the state, she said. She also called upon them to build confidence among the people of other regions that separate Telagana agitation would not effect them in any way and since the agitation is not against them.

Blaming the flip-flop committed by the Centre by announcing decisions on sensitive issue without giving a serious thought on implications has lead to the unrest that was witnessed in the state. She also appealed to the students not to commit suicide. You should live to see the formation of separate state and its development, she said. Any responsible government should first examine the pros and cons of the issue, talk to the concerned stake holders and political leaders. But the UPA government showed undue haste and hurry in announcing a decision on most sensitive issue that has been going on for decades, Sushma said. Dragging the matter further in the name of consensus has only added to the trouble, she said and demanded the Centre to announce a time frame for completing the process of arriving at a consensus.

Quoting former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, she said merger of Telangana with Andhra regions was an experiment and he had said that if it failed then both can get separated any time. Claiming that the experiment had failed, she expressed hope that Telangana state would become a reality soon. The state ABVP demanded that Union minister S Jaipal Reddy should resign from the council of ministers before January 28. ABVP will organise Dappu chappudu beating of drums on January 28 to remind the legislators about the resignations, and a bill be introduced and passed in the budget session of Parliament. A blood donation camp at various places in the region on January 30 wherein about 25,000 people would donate blood would also be organised.
Judge to head panel on Telangana

New Delhi: A judge will head the committee proposed to be set up to examine issues related to the formation of Telangana. Sources said that the decision to appoint a judge to head the panel, that will also comprise experts, has been taken. The issues of whether the panel should be headed by a sitting or retired member of the higher judiciary, the terms of reference of the panel and whether it should have a time-frame for completing its work are to be worked out in the next couple of days.

The Joint Action Committee, the umbrella body of the prostatehood organisations, had set January 28 as the deadline for spelling out time-frame for the creation of Telangana. The leadership is wary of the ultimatum since the JAC plans to lay siege to the legislators from the region and force them to press for the acceptance of their resignations.

Meanwhile, Congress has accepted the explanation offered by the pro-Telangana member of Lok Sabha Madhu Yaskhi Gaud who was show-caused for breaching party discipline. Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, who also looks after the organisational matters, said, We have found his explanation to be satisfactory. The party had earlier dropped proceedings against another Lok Sabha MP, L Rajagopal, who is opposed to the move to divide Andhra Pradesh. K Venkata Reddy, AP minister for IT, who attacked chief minister K Rosaiah in public for his bias for Andhra Pradesh, was also showcaused but has been allowed to carry on after he regretted his outburst.
No more committees on T: TDP

Hyderabad: The Telangana TDP legislators have decided to intensify their efforts to mount pressure on JAC to see that the Congress party legislators agree to go to the Speaker by January 28 and submit their resignations. Thirtynine TDP MLAs and six MLCs who met at the party office on Saturday felt that the state Congress leaders were backtracking from the earlier decision to resign en masse. Addressing the media , N Janardhan Reddy said that they reviewed the latest developments and felt that the Centre was trying to dilute the Telangana agitation.

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