The Telangana Joint Action committee has decided to launch Jana Chaitanya Yatra, a cultural tour covering every town in the region, from July 12 or 15.
Speaking to mediapersons after a meeting of the steering committee here on Tuesday, TJAC chairman M Kodandaram said that it was only through people’s movement that the Telangana goal could be reached.
‘’It has been decided to undertake a cultural tour to intensify the movement at every level. In a democracy eternal vigilance is a must. People should be made aware of what is happening and made cautious,’’ he said.
The main purpose of Jana Chaitanya Yatra is to press the Congress-led UPA governemnt at the Centre to keep its word on statehood for Telangana. A signature campaign will also be a part of it.
He described Congress’ noises on the Telangnaa issue as a show meant to hoodwink the people of Telangana once again.
The Congress was not to be trusted and its current talk of taking a decision soon was yet another ploy to mislead the people of Telangana and to garner votes in the ensuing panchayat elections.
‘’We cannot trust the Congress which has not kept its word for four years. On December 9, 2009 it had announced the beginning of the process for Telangana state and the same was announced in Parliament the next day, but the party has backed out of it. Yet, it has been making the same empty promise again and again.’’
Kodandaram said the TJAC steering committee had also discussed panchayat raj elections and decided to appeal to people to elect those who were striving hard for the cause of Telangana. When asked whether he was hinting at any particular party, he evaded a direct reply.