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Telangana supporters decide not to pay taxes

india Updated: Jan 22, 2010 23:44 IST
Ashok Das

The all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee decided on Friday to begin non-cooperation with the state if the Centre did not come up with a time-bound plan to create Telangana by January 28.

The JAC will advise its district, panchayat and village units to stop paying taxes and electricity and water dues. Even bank loans and other dues to government agencies will not be paid.

The move will add to the problems of the K Rosaiah government, as the state is already in a financial crisis. A state finance department source said on condition of anonymity that the Rs 40,200-crore state plan for 2009-10 might be downsized by about Rs 6,000 crore.

However, non-cooperation has actually begun in the state. On Thursday, local newspapers carried pictures of K. Subrahmanyan, an assistant divisional engineer of AP Trsansco, a power utility company, being chased and beaten up by JAC members.

Subrahmanyan went to Bibipet in Nizamabad district to ask villagers to pay electricity dues.

Earlier, the villagers locked up two of his colleagues. They said they would pay up only after Telangana is formed.

What’s more, the JAC is planning to create a constitutional crisis by forcing the 119 MLAs of the Telangana region to resign en masse.

But the move failed to take off, as the Congress MLAs threatened to walk out if the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Telegu Desam Party did not stop criticising the party and its president Sonia Gandhi.