TDP and JAC came under strain

Hyderabad: The ties between the Telugu Desam and the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) came under strain today with the latter alleging that the main opposition party has an ambivalent stand on the statehood demand. “The inference we can draw from the yesterday”s clash between lawyers and TDP cadre is that TDP wants to continue with its unclear and ambivalent stand on the Telangana issue.

Even if the party exits from JAC, we will continue our agitation,” JAC Convener C Kodandaram told reporters here. The JAC Convener and other Telangana supporters took exception to TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu”s support to both the separate statehood demand as well as the demand not to divide the state.

The TDP, like ruling Congress, is vertically split on the Telangana demand with leaders voicing the demands of their respective regions. Reacting to the reported allegation of Chandrababu Naidu that the Telangana lawyers and the JAC were being remote-controlled by someone, Kodandaram said it was an insult to the Telangana supporters.

The reason for the strain in the ties between the TDP and JAC is yesterday”s clash between TDP workers and lawyers. Demanding that Naidu clarify whether he supported separate Telangana or united Andhra Pradesh, the lawyers interrupted his speech at a protest organised by his party.

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