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‘Terms of reference only delaying tactics’

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Telangana political Joint Action Committee convener M. Kodandaram on Friday said the terms of reference (ToR) of Srikrishna Committee were unacceptable and that intensification of the agitation was the only way out.

Addressing a press conference after meeting the Telugu Desam legislators, Mr. Kodandaram said the ToR contradicted the Centre’s promise of initiating the process for separate Telangana on December 9 and amounted to deceiving the people of the region.

He announced the political JAC’s support to the bandh called by the Osmania University students JAC on Saturday in Telangana.

The political JAC would meet on Saturday to chalk out ways of intensifying the agitation and bringing pressure on Centre.

This would include whether to attend Assembly or go in for resignations.

He said there was no need for any study as the demand for separate Telangana had been there for 53 years, despite several committees going into the issue and coming up with recommendations.

Congress to attend meet

Mr. Kodandaram held that the Congress was very much in JAC and it would attend the meeting tomorrow. On Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekara Rao’s comment that he was not bonded labour to go by JAC’s decisions, he said it was Mr. Rao’s individual opinion.

TRS too was part of JAC and it was in touch with him for most part of the day, he added.

K. Swamy Goud, president of Telangana NGOs’ Union who accompanied Prof. Kodandaram, too was critical of the ToR saying it was nothing but delaying tactics.

He found fault with the ToR for not including government employees for taking their views when it was they who had started the Telangana movement in 1969 and even the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had invited them for talks.

Bandh call

Meanwhile, the Telangana Intellectuals Forum and Joint Action Committee of Telangana Praja Sanghalu have appealed for the success of tomorrow’s bandh.

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