Cong may part ways with JAC on Telangana

Hyderabad, February 17: The all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) heading the movement for separate statehood to Telangana is on the verge of a split with Congress MPs and legislators refusing to quit to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna committee set up by New Delhi to study the demand.

The blackmailing tactics of the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) has so upset the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh that the party is planning to quit the forum that was set up to spearhead the agitation for a separate state of Telangana.

The latest provocation comes in the form of a threat of social boycott of all those MLAs from Telangana who have not resigned from the assembly to force the Centre to change the terms of reference of the Srikrishna committee. JAC activists have already begun to lay siege to the houses of elected representatives in their home towns, apart from gheraoing them and not allowing them to tour their constituencies.

The JAC has threatened to launch a series of protests against them culminating in social boycott from February 19. So far, 15 MLAs, a majority of whom belonging to the TRS, have submitted their resignation to the assembly speaker. Twelve of the resignations have been accepted. Two of the three resignations that have not been accepted are from Congress MLAs.

P Prabhakar, Karimnagar MP, warned of serious consequences if the social boycott threat is not withdrawn.He said the Congress would have to consider withdrawing from the JAC. Only two of 50 Congress legislators from Telangana have resigned.

Meanwhile, all 39 TDP legislators have decided to submit their resignations to the JAC so that it would pressurise Congress legislators to follow suit. However, the JAC has refused to accept them saying they should be submitted to the speaker. TDP legislators insist that they would submit resignation only after Congress MLAs do the same.


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