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Rift in Telangana JAC, 2 Cong MLAs quit

india Updated: Feb 17, 2010 00:48 IST
Ashok Das

The all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) spearheading the agitation for a separate Telangana state got a jolt on Tuesday with two prominent members of the Congress saying they had quit the panel.

The two Congress MLAs had been attending JAC meetings till Tuesday. But they walked out, charging the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with engineering attacks on the

houses and property of Congress legislators in the Telangana region on Monday and Tuesday.

The premises attacked belong to legislators who had not heeded the JAC’s call to all Telangana MLAs to resign from the Andhra Pradesh assembly.

After two days of attacks in which the houses and offices of eight Congress legislators were targeted by pro-Telangana activists, the Congress decided enough is enough.

“We warn the TRS activists not to attack the houses of Congress legislators. If they continue to do so, we are not going to keep quiet,” Congress MLA from Telangana Ponnam Prabhakar M.P. said.

Prabhakar also accused JAC convenor Kodandaram of working “like a postman” of TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao and rejecting the views of all parties before taking decisions.

The main opposition Telugu Desam Party is in no mood to ask its Telangana MLAs to resign from the House.

Frustrated by the developments, the TRS charged the Congress and the TDP with “betraying” the people of Telangana.

“The true colours of these parties have come out in the open now and the people will teach them a lesson,” TRS leader Harish Rao said.