Nagam floats Telangana Nagaara Samithi సెప్టెంబర్ 10, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Congress, Identity, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Telangana Nagaara Samithi, TNS
Nagam floats new outfit
TNN, Sep 10, 2011
HYDERABAD/MAHBUBNAGAR: Nagam Janardhan Reddy sounded the bugle for yet another movement to fight for a separate state of Telangana.
Announcing the launch of his Telangana Nagaara Samithi (TNS) from his favourite Umamaheshwaram temple at Achampet in Mahbubnagar district on Friday, Nagam said Lord Shiva would be the guiding force for his new outfit which he said was not a political party. “Let me clarify that TNS is not a political party. It’s only a platform where all like-minded people fighting for Telangana could come together to achieve the goal,” he said.
After performing special pujas at the Shiva temple in the morning, he took out a massive rally of his supporters from the temple, which is on the outskirts of Achampet, to the main town centre. The former TDP minister was accompanied by his friends — MLAs Venugopala Chary, Harishwar Reddy and Jogu Ramanna – who had also quit TDP.
“I am inviting all the leaders and supporters of the Telangana cause to TNS that would provide a single platform to take the movement forward,” he said. Nagam said he would undertake tours of all Telangana districts to mobilise the support of the people for the movement. He described TNS as a strong and stable organisation for achieving separate Telangana.
Asked about the mushrooming of political parties and outfits in the region in the name of championing Telangana cause, Nagam shot back saying that TNS was born only to work for Telangana and nothing else. “We do not have any ulterior motives. Our sole aim is separate Telangana. We would mobilise the people for mass agitations and mount pressure on the Centre to grant Telangana,” he asserted.
He said he was forced to quit TDP because of Chandrababu Naidu’s attitude towards Telangana issue. “He has failed to keep his promise and efforts were made to muzzle our voices in the party. That’s why we had to come out of TDP,” he said.
Meanwhile, lashing out at Nagam, Kondangal TDP MLA R Revanth Reddy said that TNS would break up soon. He also said, “Two of the MLAs who are accompanying Nagam are already trying to jump into TRS bandwagon,” although he refused to name them. He said as convenor of TDP Telangana Forum, Nagam had failed to motivate the cadres and people.
However, analysts said Nagam’s new outfit could pose a challenge to TDP in Mahbubnagar district. “Nagam emerged as a tall leader in the district, after TDP bagged nine out of 13 seats in 2009 elections. There is no doubt that he will wean away more MLAs in the coming days,” a senior analyst reasoned.