Telangana Joint Action Committee reiterates demand for separate state

Hyderabad, June 12 (ANI): Terming the demand for creation of a separate state of Telangana as logical, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) on Wednesday gave a call for 'Chalo Assembly' (March towards assembly).

The chairman of TJAC, M. Kodandaram, said that the demand for a separate state has the sanction of the Constitution and support of all political parties.

"The demand for separate state is a legitimate demand. It is legitimate because it has the sanction of the Constitution and under Article 3 separate states can be created and this demand also has a support of all the political parties," he said.

Kodandaram said that they have proposed to exert pressure on the state legislative assembly as its members had promised and agreed to creation of Telangana state.

He also lashed out at the Centre for no response on this issue.

"There has been no response from the (central) government. They have neither tried to enter into a dialogue with the movement nor have they tried to find a solution to this long pending issue. It is in this context that these suicides have taken place. Now this is the context in which one has to understand the 'Chalo Assembly' (March towards assembly) programme," said Kodandaram.

"Having made every effort then we have finally realised that we should go and ask and put pressure on the Assembly because the Members of the Assembly have all promised Telangana state," he added.

Congress Party has so far played safe on the Telangana statehood demand, saying it is a very sensitive matter and a decision in this regard would be taken at an appropriate time.

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress party ruled government accepted the demand in principle. (ANI)

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