The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the movement for a separate Telangana state, has called for a two-day shutdown in the region beginning on Tuesday.
JAC, which comprises the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other political and non-political groups, has also called for a rail blockade on July 8 and 9.
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao appealed to people to make the 48-hour shutdown a total success. He also urged government employees and workers of the state-owned Singareni Collieries to participate in the strike.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said the JAC has chalked out a series of protest programmes to demand the central government table a bill in parliament for formation of a separate Telangana state.
JAC convenor M. Kodandaram appealed to all mass organisations to make the shutdown a huge success.
He said eat and cook protests, whereby people from all walks of life will set up kitchens on roads, cook food and eat there, will be held across Telangana July 10.
Telangana comprises 10 districts, including Hyderabad.