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Telangana Jagarana Sena launched

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Lathi-wielding TRS cadres to `counter anti-Telangana forces'



READY FOR ACTION: TRS president and Union Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao at the launch of the Telangana Jagarana Sena in Hyderabad on Saturday. Union Minister A. Narendra is also seen. — Photo: Satish H.

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Jagarana Sena (TJS), an outfit floated by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) "to counter anti-Telangana forces", was formally launched here on Saturday with a full-fledged training camp with lathi-wielding cadres giving a demonstration to their leaders.

Dressed in white shirts and trousers and sporting canvas shoes of the same colour, about 600 volunteers of the TJS were given basic induction training at a drill with the chief commander, Umakant, a former activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), giving aloud instructions. They were all armed with lathis and sported pink scarves across their shoulders.

Resting full-length lathis on their shoulders, the Union Minister of State for Rural Development, A. Narendra, and former Ministers in the State Cabinet-- G. Vijayarama Rao and N. Narasimha Reddy-- stood in the front rows. The TRS president and Union Labour Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, hoisted the party flag to mark the inauguration of the three-day camp. The TRS president and a host of Telangana protagonists are slated to give lectures to the participants on various subjects in the three days.

Addressing a meeting later, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao explained plans to organise a `sainik maha sammelan' with 1.08 lakh TJS sainiks (volunteers) at the Secunderabad Parade Grounds on October 28. The 600 participants would groom 3,630 sainiks who would be imparted training here on September 28 and 29. They, in turn, would be responsible for recruiting one lakh volunteers into the organisation from villages and municipal wards.

Attack on YSR

The TRS chief launched a virulent attack on the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, for waxing eloquent about developing irrigation in the State while confining himself to laying foundation stones for projects in Telangana. He said Dr. Reddy lacked political morality as he was working against the interests of Telangana in spite of adorning the `pink scarf' in election meetings last year.

Mr. Rao said a plan of action was being finalised for the TJS although its primary duty was to check forces working against Telangana. He said that the organisation would observe restraint but "there is a limit to everything. What else can we do against people who talk about the slogan of Telangana fading out or dying down?"

Mr. Umakant said the TJS would function as a vibrant force to arouse the passions of Telangana loving people.

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