Saturday, February 13, 2010

Telangana bandh paralyses life

Agencies Posted online: Saturday , Feb 13, 2010 at 1034 hrs

Hyderabad : Normal life was partially disrupted in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday due to a bandh called by students of Osmania University in protest against the Terms of Reference of the Sri Krishna Committee on the statehood issue.
Services of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) were disrupted at a few places. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Osmania University Students exempted buses returning from Shiva temples in Telangana. Many pilgrims had thronged the temples yesterday on the occasion of Shivratri.

The bandh call had a partial impact on shops, business establishment and educational institutions. The shutdown was called by the students of Osmania University here, the nerve-centre of the separate statehood agitation, a day after the Telangana panel's agenda was announced by the Centre.

The mandate given to the multi-member committee to also look into the United Andhra Pradesh demand is nothing but cheating the people of Telangana, the JAC said.

Various political parties will be holding meetings in the day to chalk out their plan of action over the ToR. TRS MLAs said they would meet Assembly Speaker to submit fresh resignations. The resignations submitted en masse by MLAs, cutting across party lines, were rejected by the Speaker on the ground that they were not in proper format.

The Ministers and MLAs of the ruling Congress would today decide their future course of action, Civil Supplies Minister J Krishna Rao said last night. Telugu Desam leaders from Telangana as well as the all-party JAC would also meet today to chalk out their plans.

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