Telangana descent into chaos డిసెంబర్ 25, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BJP, Congress, JAC, politics, PRP, Sonia, students, TDP, TRS, universities.
Telangana descent into chaos
Express News Service, 25 Dec 2009
HYDERABAD: After a gap of 10 days, Telangana, including the State capital, is on the boil again.
Resignations by elected representatives, a wave of violent protests across the region and total bandh marked the day after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s last evening statement suggesting that the Telangana issue would be put on hold to achieve consensus.
Throughout the day, there was speculation that the State could be heading for President’s Rule given the spate of resignations and the unending violence. Chief Minister K Rosaiah reportedly hinted at such a possibility during an informal interaction with his Cabinet colleagues but there was no concrete indication from the Centre to this effect.
However, Delhi seems to be mulling a change in the Raj Bhavan as a first step as the incumbent, ND Tiwari, has not been active because of his age. Imposition of President’s Rule might be considered only as a last resort if the impasse does not end in the next few days.
The day began with legislators from Telangana, cutting across party lines, resigning from the Assembly protesting the changed stance of the Union Government. This was followed by formation of a Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising leaders of all parties to take forward the agitation.
A minister hailing from Telangana, Komati Venkat Reddy, also quit and others might follow suit. Almost simultaneously, elected representatives from the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions, who resigned in the wake of the first statement by the Centre in favour of a Telangana State, withdrew their resignations.
While peace prevailed in the other two regions, Telangana was paralysed with transport services coming to a halt.
Trains were also stopped at quite a few places. Public properties and private assets belonging to leaders and businessmen of the Coastal regions were attacked. Properties and business establishments belonging to former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi were also not spared. On the Osmania University campus, the hotbed of the T State movement, police used force and even fired rubber bullets as students took out rallies and blocked roads.
Students and activists fought pitched battles with the police across the region. Men and women squatted on highways and railway tracks.