In a sure sign that the pro-bifurcation outfits are scaling down the intensity of the separate statehood agitation, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday stated that he was open to the idea of postponing the proposed `Millennium March.’
“A decision to this effect would be taken after consulting the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee members,” KCR told media persons here.
The Trs chief pointed out that he had received appeals from parents and leaders of other pro-Telangana outfits calling for the postponing of the planned Millennium March from the earlier announced date of March 10. He said that the anxiety of the parents and students who would be appearing for the Intermediate examinations was a factor to take into consideration.
“I will take a final decision after consulting JAC members. A final decision (on the March) would be made after considering the interests of lakhs of students and their career,” KCR stated.
Accusing the Centre of spreading ‘misinformation’ that it would solve the separate statehood demand issue after elections to some states are over, KCR said that this would not work. He demanded that the Centre announce its decision on Telangana state formation demand in Parliament, ‘immediately’.
“The Congress should make its stand clear on Telangana instead of lobbying with MPs from Telangana region and seeking to postpone the decision till after May,” KCR said. He added, “the Prime Minister must announce the Centre’s decision immediately in Parliament without delaying it further. The Centre should not test the patience of Telangana people further.”
Meanwhile, the Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Association stated that the government employees would extend total support to Millennium March. TNGO president Swamy Goud told media persons that the government must postpone the Intermediate paper scheduled for March 10, considering the students interests.
Mr Goud pointed out that the state government employees had earlier withdrawn their noncooperation agitation following the requests by parents and students.
The TNGOs chief also hinted that the Telangana statehood agitation would be intensified from the last week of April.