Rail Roko postponed!

Faced with a cold response from the Centre to the en masse resignation of lawmakers in support of separate Telangana demand, the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) today said it would launch a joint agitation by involving all those who quit their posts.

As a result, the ‘rail roko’ stir in the region, which was to start tomorrow, has been postponed.

The JAC would organise a meeting with all public representatives, who have resigned from their posts, in the next couple of days and decide the future course of agitation, its convener M. Kodandaram told reporters here.

He said the JAC leaders have spoken to some Congress MPs and also the opposition Telugu Desam leaders who have responded positively to the idea.

"They all said they will discuss the matter internally and tell us. The general feeling is that joint stir should be undertaken."

Accordingly, the ‘rail roko’, proposed to be held on July 8 and 9, and also the collective cooking programme on July 10 have been postponed, he said.

The JAC currently comprises TRS, BJP and a number of people’s organisations.

Disagreeing with the view that the en masse resignation of MPs, MLAs and MLCs failed to yield the desired result of paving way for formation of Telangana state, Kodandaram said the Centre has come under pressure to act fast now.

Over 100 MLAs, of the total 119 MLAs from Telangana, and 15 MPs cutting across party lines have quit their posts in support of the Telangana demand this week.

Meanwhile, TDP leaders from Telangana have begun a bus tour to create an ‘awakening’ among the people of the region on the creation of a separate state.

Over 20 TDP MLAs from Telangana who quit their posts over the demand for a separate state paid tributes to martyrs at the Gun Park Memorial before embarking on their week-long journey.

The bus yatra will cover all the 10 districts in the region.

Telangana Praja Front Leader Gaddar flagged-off the bus tour, while other pro-statehood groups have extended support to the TDP leaders.

The yatra is being undertaken under the banner of Telangana Telugu Desam Forum.

On the occasion, Telangana Telugu Desam Forum Convener E. Dayakar Rao said they would get their resignations accepted after the bus yatra so as to create a constitutional crisis and step up pressure on the Centre for creation of separate state.(IANS)

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