Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao has warned that Telangana will turn into a fireball from Tuesday if statehood was not given to the region even after the mass resignations of public representatives.
He cautioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against going back on his Dec 9, 2009 promise to carve out a separate Telangana state.
Addressing a gathering at the site of the hunger strike by four rebel legislators of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), KCR, as Rao is known, said Monday that the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was inevitable.
He advised intellectuals and public representatives of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions not to create any hurdles.
"If you create any further hurdles, you will be responsible for the consequences," he said.
KCR said that if the mass resignations failed to achieve the goal of a separate state, the movement could take a violent turn like in 1969.
"Telangana will become a fireball from tomorrow. We will block roads and railway lines and bring everything to a halt," he said.
The TRS chief said that the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) would chalk out the protest programme.
The state witnessed a spate of resignations over the issue Monday with 36 legislators of the ruling Congress and 33 from the TDP quitting over the issue of statehood.