A section of pro-Telangana activists fed up with the frequent flip-flops by the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) headed by the mercurial K. Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to launch a new party.
The party, called the Telangana Praja Front (TPF), will be headed by Maoist sympathiser and revolutionary Telugu balladeer Gaddar, 61.
This was decided at a meeting of a large number of lawyers and leaders of various organisations of state government employees, Dalits and backward classes here on Sunday.
The lawyers had displayed their clout recently when they paralysed courts across Telangana to press the demand for separate statehood.
The party will be formally launched on October 9 at a large meeting at the Nizam College Grounds, which has been the launching pad for many political movements in the state.
Gaddar, who accepted the offer to head the new party, said it had been proved time and again that only people’s movements yield results. “The new front will organise a people’s movement and bring relentless pressure on political parties to force their central leaderships to introduce a bill in Parliament for creation of the new state.”
The disenchantment with the TRS and its leader among those who attended Sunday’s meeting was summed up by student activist K. Rajaiah. “There is increasing concern among Telangana supporters in the wake of Chandrasekhar Rao’s recent utterances and his hobnobbing with coastal Andhra leaders.
That’s why some people felt there was a need to float another front and strive for a separate Telangana state,” he said. Rao last month announced that all those born in Telangana should be treated as Telanganites in matters of job and other reservations.