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UNITED STAND:Gaddar, Kodandaram, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Venkatesham, and R. Damodar Reddy in Hyderabad on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked MLAs across party lines to boycott the budget session of Assembly in February–March to mount pressure on the Centre to concede separate Telangana.
He gave the call in the presence of MLAs R. Damodar Reddy (Congress) and Gunda Mallesh (CPI floor leader in Assembly) and MP G. Vivekanand (Congress) at a meeting here on Thursday to mark the launch of the joint action committee of engineering staff of Telangana working in various government departments. BJP MLA G. Kishan Reddy left the venue before Mr. Rao spoke.
He exhorted Mr. Damodar Reddy to lead the revolt during the Assembly session as he had the spirit to struggle for separate Telangana. He also asked Mr. Mallesh to convince the CPI leadership to boycott the session. The legislators who did not heed to the call would be exposed, he added.
The movement for Statehood had reached the ‘boiling point' as all sections of people in the region were emotionally touched. It was only the politicians who were not united. The police battalions would not be able to stand up to ‘political battalions' if they took shape, he said.
Earlier, Mr. Damodar Reddy recalled that it was on this day last year that he was involved in the launch of Telangana joint action committee (JAC) which continues to be associated with TRS. He said it was decided to form the JAC as the Centre had gone back on its promise to form Telangana State.
He hoped that MLAs of all parties, including Telugu Desam, would set aside their political affiliations and forge unity after submission of report by Srikrishna Committee.
Mr. Damodar Reddy and Mr. Mallesh were involved in a friendly spat over the claim of Congress leaders that it was only their party which would deliver the new State. Mr. Damodar Reddy said they stuck to the view. Balladeer Gadar called for integration of social issues with the movement. MLC K. Dilip Kumar and Congress MP G. Vivekanand also spoke.
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