Hyderabad: Expressing their displeasure over party general secretary M Veerappa Moilys biased stand against the region and the Telangana JAC of political parties , Telangana Congress leaders on Monday decided to ignore his ultimatum. Moily, in-charge of AP affairs, had told the Telangana leaders to disassociate themselves from the JAC immediately and not to resort to any agitation. At a meeting here on Monday, Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs from the region resolved to wait for the Centre to announce a committee and its terms of reference, a senior leader said. The opposition to Moily was so vehement that some MPs even suggested that they press for a separate PCC for the region so that it would have another AICC incharge.
He is silent on JAC of Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra. He is equally silent on Andhra Congress leaders sharing the dais with TDP in JAC. It is unfair on Moilys part to issue ultimatum only to the Congress leaders from Telangana , the leaders felt. The meeting decided to ignore the ultimatum issued by Moily till the announcement of the committee by Union home minister P Chidambaram. The issue of quitting JAC will arise only after setting up of the committee. Any future course of action whether to continue in JAC or not will be decided after the announcement of the committee, senior leader K Jana Reddy told the media later. The understanding in the meeting was that if the panel was favourable to Telangana , they would quit JAC on their own,if not, they would remain in JAC, said a leader.
T panel this week: Chidambaram
The Centre on Monday said the committee on the Telangana issue would be announced this week and there would be no delay in the whole process related to the mechanism. We are in the earliest part of the week. I said last week that early this week (the committee will be announced). Wait for the committee to be announced, Union home minister Chidambaram said when asked about the delay in forming the committee. He said the government was on the job of drafting the committees terms and reference. Terms and reference cant be kept in secret. When we will draft it, we will announce and circulate it, Chidambaram said. TNN
TRS activists disrupt Rojas film shooting
Hyderabad: Actor and politician Roja had a bitter experience on Monday as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) activists disrupted her film shooting. Roja, a selfdeclared samaikya vadi (proponent of united Andhra) returned to films lately after parting ways with the TDP. Even though Roja was shooting for the film Golimaar near the Rythu Bazar at Kukatpally Housing Board Colony (KPHB) - which is a stronghold of coastal Andhra settler - dozens of TRS men raising Jai Telangana slogans stormed the place around noon. The belligerent men got into an argument with the film crew and also tried to gherao Roja. The crew, taken aback at the unexpected turn of events, called in the police. The Kukatpally police claimed that they rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd before the situation could go out of control.
While popular actor Gopichand is the hero of the movie, Priyamani is the heroine. The film being directed by Puri Jagannath is being produced by Bellamkonda Suresh. We advised the film unit not to continue shooting at the place as it was leading to a law and order problem , a police officer later said.
TELANGANA, a talking point at CS meet in Delhi
New Delhi: Chief secretary S V Prasad was deluged by queries and expression of concern by his counterparts from other states, in particular , those from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, on the first day of the two-day conference of chief secretaries convened by the Centre here on Monday. Both in the formal and informal discussions on Monday, the question uppermost in everyones minds was about the Telangana agitation . The CS was asked about the sudden eruption of the Telangana movement, and whether the division will finally take place. This was of particular importance to the neighbouring states as they feel that the developments in AP will have a direct fallout in their states, said an AP government official who is part of the delegation.
In many parameters like GSDP and investments, AP is ahead of several industrially advanced states. But this should not be undone by political agitations, felt the chief secretary of a southern state. Even the presentations of officials from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Defence REesearch and Development organisation (DRDO) was said to have stressed on the need for a stable and encouraging atmosphere in the state. Both these organisations have a major presence in Hyderabad and their concern is natural, an official said. Sources said, DRDO, which has a half dozen establishments in Hyderabad, is said to have favoured an atmosphere free of any political and security disturbances. Sources said the security of the defence establishments in the divided state is likely to come up for discussion on Tuesday when security , both internal and international , is scheduled to be discussed.
On Tuesday, the conference will discuss the key security concerns and the role of the state government. So, the issue of Maoists and other fundamentalist forces may figure in the debate, sources said.
TDP to wait for PCs statement
Hyderabad: The TDP has decided that party leaders from Telangana should continue to work with T-JAC and participate in the agitations in the region till the Union home minister P Chidambaram makes a statement on the proposed committee later this week. However, the TDP MLAs will not go with JAC to submit their resignations to the Speaker before the extended deadline gets over. This decision was taken at a meeting TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had with leaders of all the three regions for the first time after the T agitation took a serious turn and led to political turmoil in the state.
The party felt that it should continue to target the Congress for having betrayed the cause of Telangana , time and again, and TDP leaders should resign only if the Congress leaders do so. The leaders from the other two regions also decided to maintain restraint till the announcement on the committee was made by New Delhi. In the meanwhile, party leader and former minister S Chandramohan Reddy said that Seemandhra JAC was very much intact and would finalise its action plan after Chidambaram announces the formation of the committee and the terms of reference . Meanwhile, TDP leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema will meet governor ESL Narsimhan on Tuesday and submit a memorandum explaining why the state should not be bifurcated. On the other hand, MLAs from each of the three regions have decided to file questions to be taken up during the budget session of the state Assembly scheduled to begin from February 15 seeking details about the money spent on development and the extent of development that has taken place since 1956. MLAs from Anantapur claim that this district was more backward than the Telangana region and was one of the most neglected districts.
SC dismisses PIL on MLAs resignations
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the Andhra Pradesh Speaker to accept the pending resignations of over 130 MLAs on the explosive issue of creation of Telangana state and lambasted the petitioner for misrepresenting himself as an MLA. Petitioner M Narayan Reddy, claiming to be ex-MP and MLA from Nizamabad, had sought a direction for acceptance of the pending resignations of the MLAs. Before dismissing his PIL, a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices J M Panchal and Deepak Verma took him to task for misrepresentation as well as on the issue of his locus standi. You are neither a sitting MP nor an MLA. What right do you have to speak on the behalf of the MLAs Who are you to seek a direction for acceptance of the resignation of the MLAs, the Bench asked.
When his counsel Subodh Markandey tried to explain that his client had filed the public interest litigation as a political leader in his own right, the Bench said, Who gave you the right to represent the other MLAs. We will not even hear you because you have misrepresented. The public interest litigation had become infructuous as on January 30, Andhra Pradesh Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy had rejected the resignations of 130 MLAs saying they were not in order as per the rules and procedure of the Assembly.