TRS out, Million March scaled down మార్చి 8, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, Congress, drama, Hyderabad, JAC, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TRS out, Telangana march scaled down
Sreenivas Janyala, Indian Express, Mar 08 2011
Hyderabad: Fissures have started appearing in various groups leading the movement for a separate Telangana state. The obvious result: their programmes are either being withdrawn or are losing momentum.
The much-hyped ‘March of Million People’ to Hyderabad on March 10, planned by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC), will be replaced by a scaled-down rally.
The Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (TEJAC) also withdrew its ‘non-cooperation’ movement — attending office but not working — and is under fire for giving up when the issue was gathering momentum.
About three lakh state government employees from Telangana had joined the ‘no-work’ agitation on February 17. But on March 4, the TEJAC decided to withdraw the stir just when the state administration had started showing signs of crumbling and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was up against the wall
Employees who had forgone 16 days salary have accused TEJAC convener K Swami Goud of betrayal and withdrawing the agitation under the influence of the CM.
Goud had a ready answer. “We decided to withdraw the agitation because it was affecting the careers of students,” Swami Goud said on Monday.
Employees refuse to buy the argument. “The leaders crumbled under pressure from a section of the agitating employees when the state government decided to deduct non-working days from their salaries,” says T Vinay, a canteen manager.
In another blow, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Monday decided not to participate in the ‘Chalo Hyderabad, March of Million People’.
That left only the TJAC comprising Osmania University teachers and students to lead the march on March 10.
Other Telangana leaders say the TRS is not supporting the march under pressure from the Congress.
TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, however, said as final exams started on Monday, the party decided not to disturb the students.
After the TRS volte-face, the TJAC met on Monday to decide whether or not to go ahead with the march. Though the TJAC considered the option of postponing the march, they felt the agitation might lose steam since the exams would continue till March 24.
Prof M Kodandaram, convenor of TJAC, said while they were not postponing the march, it would be a scaled-down event. “The rally will start only after 1 p.m by which time that day’s exam would be over,” Prof Kodandaram said.
Also, in the Assembly on Monday, differences within TDP MLAs from Telangana came to fore when senior leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy tried to stall proceedings by rushing towards the Speaker’s podium and holding a placard demanding a bill in Parliament for a separate Telangana state.
His move stunned other TDP MLAs, as they had all decided in the
morning to end the boycott or disruption of the Assembly session as government employees had called off their non-cooperation.