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Stage set for Telangana March - Saagara Haram

September 29, 2012

With just a day for the Telangana March - 'Saagara Haaram' left, the Telangana Joint Action Committee and its constituents are busy mobilizing people for the march. As many as 4 lakh people are expected to turn up for the march. Even the police are busy preparing their strategy to ensure the march goes peaceful and no untoward situations will come up. The security forces are already in place and nearly 10,000 police personnel will be deployed during the march.

Protests in a civilized manner

Telangana JAC convener Prof. M Kodandaram has given a call to all the people participating in the march to stage demonstration against the government and for their demand of a separate Telangana state in a most civilized manner. He urged the people of the region to participate actively in the march and to use the platform for expressing their anger in a peaceful manner on the government in deceiving the Telangana people time and again.

Arrests still going on allege TJAC

After a series of negotiations that lasted several days, the state government has succumbed to the pressure of the Telangana JAC and has permitted the march to go ahead peacefully. The delegation of Telangana ministers has made a compromise between the TJAC and the state government. The permission is granted conditionally, that the people would stage demonstrations on Necklace road and only three roads were permitted to stage the march.

Meanwhile, the Telangana JAC has alleged that the police are continuing preventive detention in an attempt to curb the march. A delegation led by Prof.Kodandaram met the Congress MPs at the residence of G Vivekanand on Saturday and complained him of the highhandedness of the police in arresting hundreds of Telangana activists. Prof.Kodandaram said that the police are placing barricades everywhere on the route to the Necklace road in an effort to project the march as a failure.

TJAC leader Swami Goud said that the police are picking up youth indiscriminately in an effort to foil the march and added that they should not be held responsible for any untoward incident that may take place on Sunday. The Telangana MPs Ponnam Prabhakar, S Rajaiah, Manda Jagannath, Vivekanand and former MP Kesavarao said that they have the information about the arrests while the police denied reports of such arrests.

Political parties response

Telangana Telugu Desam Forum

On the support for the march, the TDP members from Telangana region appears to be non-committal for the Saagara Haaram stating that they were not asked for their support for the march. However, they will extend the support in the interests of the Telangana people said the forum convenor Errabelli Dayakararao and Motkupalli Narasimhulu.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi is extending support for the march. However, it is still uncertain whether the TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao will participate in the Sagara Haaram as he was in New Delhi since the past couple of weeks in an effort to mount pressure on the centre for a favorable announcement on Telangana state by the Congress central leadership.

Left parties

The Left parties are extending support to the ‘Sagara Haaram’ and will take out a rally from Indira Park to reach the venue inspite of restrictions.


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