The Joint Action Committee (JAC) on Telangana on Saturday started a process by which some of its members will fast daily till January 28 to press for creating a new state.
The process, known as relay fast, commenced in Hyderabad and the headquarters of the nine districts in the Telangana region.
The JAC has set January 28 as the deadline for the Centre to announce a time-bound programme for creating Telangana.
Leaders belonging to the Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Praja Rajyam Party joined the relay fast camp at Indira Park in Hyderabad.
All-party relay fast camps were organised in the nine district headquarters.
The JAC has said it will create a constitutional crisis by asking all elected representatives — from panchayats to Parliament — to resign if the Centre does not abide by the deadline.
“I hope the Centre (makes) an announcement on Telangana before January 28. If the Centre fails to do so, all our party MLAs would press the Speaker to accept our resignations,” TDP MLA N. Janardhan Reddy said.
However, Congress leaders are not willing to resign although they participated in Saturday’s relay fast.
“How can the JAC fix a deadline when the Congress high command and the Centre have initiated the process? The JAC cannot function as our high command,” state Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said.