The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is looking to revive the movement for separate statehood to Telangana region by launching a movement against the recent Supreme Court judgment treating Hyderabad as a free zone for recruitments to the police department.
Though the state government has decided to file a review petition in the apex court, the TRS feels that this would put the issue in cold storage. Instead, it wants the government to convene a special session of state assembly to discuss the issue.
The TRS walked out from an all-party meeting called by the government late Monday to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court order.
The Lok Satta also walked out of the meeting saying the review petition was not justified. The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the others backed the Congress government's stand.
They were unanimous in their view that all efforts should be made to uphold the spirit of the Presidential Order, six-point formula and GO (Government Order) 610, which provide certain safeguards to locals in recruitment to government jobs in Telangana region.
While dealing with a petition of some police inspectors challenging the high court order, the Supreme Court last week declared Hyderabad a free zone for recruitments to the police department. It means that people from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions could also be recruited in the police department in Hyderabad.
The high court had stated that Hyderabad came under Zone 6 along with four districts of Telangana.
The sub-regional party, which faced a humiliating defeat in the recent assembly and Lok Sabha elections, was looking for an opportunity to revive the movement for separate statehood to Telangana region, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad. And this controversy has given it the required momentum.
Stating that the Supreme Court order would deny jobs to locals, the TRS has decided to launch an agitation with a massive public meeting at Siddipet in Medak district on Wednesday.
It also decided to table a no-trust motion in the assembly though it has only 10 members in 294-member house. "By tabling the no-trust motion, we want to expose the commitment of various parties towards separate Telangana," said TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao.
TRS leaders feel that with the death of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who was strongly opposed to bifurcation of the state, the political situation is favourable for reviving the movement.
Telangana, a part of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad, was merged with then Andhra State in 1956 to form Andhra Pradesh, despite reservations voiced by people of the backward region.