Ahead of the all-party meeting convened by the Centre in Delhi on Tuesday, Telangana protagonists on Sunday stepped up their campaign demanding that Parliament pass a legislation for the creation of the separate state and fix a time-frame for the purpose.
A massive rally of students mobilised in Hyderabad from all 10 districts of Telangana region, permission for which was
granted by the High Court on Saturday, sent out a clear message that there was no need for adopting a resolution in Andhra Pradesh assembly favouring creation of Telangana.
The rally at Osmania University, the nerve centre of Telangana agitation, addressed by Telangana activists and
naxalite sympathizers, including poet Varavara Rao, decided to observe a rail and road blockade on January 5 to prevent buses and trains coming from Andhra and Rayalaseema areas.
This is to counter a similar bandh announced by activists, who are campaigning for a united Andhra Pradesh, in
coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, and would coincide with the talks the Centre has convened with eight recognized political parties of the state.
The speakers at the meeting here also asked leaders like N Chandrababu Naidu of TDP and PRP's Chiranjeevi to come out with their stand and not vacillate or make U-turns on the issue of creation of Telangana.
Some of the speakers even warned that Gandhi Bhawan, state Congress headquarters and NTR Bhawan, TDP head office, in Hyderabad would be razed to the ground if Telangana is not achieved.