A round-table conference by the Telangana Nagara here on Wednesday felt that this was the right time for all political parties and people’s organisations to increase pressure on the Centre for formation of a Telangana state.
The Telangana organisations should concentrate on exposing the injustice meted out to the region. Any delay now would lead to a more volatile situation in the future and more problems, speakers at the meet said.
Several issues, including the state government’s failure to get additional seats for the government medical colleges in Telangana, figured in the day-long deliberations. The meeting demanded suspension of counselling until seats are increased in Telangana medical colleges and splitting of the NTR University of Health Sciences into three universities - one for each region of the state. The JNTU was divided on similar lines, they reminded.
A meeting would be held on August 3 and 4 with all the Telangana MPs, MLAs and JACs to decide on taking out a rally from Gun Park to Raj Bhavan and the Chief Minister’s camp office to submit memoranda on the medical seats issue to governor ESL Narasimhan and chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. If permission was denied, then they would be forced to take up a more serious agitation, the leaders said. Congress MP G Vivekananda said there was a need for united struggle to press the Centre on Telangana issue. Another Congress MP Y Madhu Goud Yashki said Telangana forces should target Seemandhra leaders and not allow them to tour in Telangana region.
Alleging that the state government had failed to implement local reservation in employment and educational institutions, TJAC chairman M Kodandaram said they would expose all these things in the Telangana March to be held on September 30. The House Committee on local reservations had failed to implement it, he said adding a Telangana state alone would solve all the problems.
MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, TDP suspended MLA K Hareeshwar Reddy, MLAs Pocharam Srinivas Reddy (TRS), K Chandravati (CPI), NM Srinivas Reddy (BJP) educationist Ch Ramaiah, Telangana Jagruthi president Kavita, TNGOs president G Deviprasad Rao and TRS leader Sravan were among those present.