Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday called upon Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) M Kodandaram to accompany him in the all-party meeting on Telangana on December 28. If all goes well, KCR and Kodandaram would represent TRS in the all-party meeting, party sources said.
On Monday, Kodandaram met separately KCR and BJP state president G Kishan Reddy, and discussed the strategies to be laid down to build pressure on the Centre ahead of the all-party meeting.
During his interaction with Kodandaram, KCR asked the T-JAC chairman to join him for the all-party meeting. While his response was positive, Kodandaram suggested that he would confer with his JAC colleagues before deciding on it finally.
"It is an important issue and my participation in the all-party meeting must be discussed and decided in the steering committee of the T-JAC. The steering committee will meet on Wednesday, and I will go by the outcome of the meeting," Kodandaram told media.He said it was imperative to create an atmosphere for the all-party meeting so that the Centre would take it seriously, and the T-JAC was looking at launching agitation programmes aiming at exerting pressure on the government.
"We are passing through an important phase as far as Telangana is concerned. We have to have clear plans in our minds to put pressure on the Centre ahead of the all-party meeting and aftermath. The plans should be both on political and agitation fronts. The T-JAC wants to drive this point home among the pro-Telanagana parties, and as part of this agenda, I met KCR and Kishan Reddy," said Kodandaram.
While the activists are actively considering giving a bandh call on December 27, the BJP is understood to have said it would be detrimental at the given situation.
"To call bandh on December 27 is one of the proposals, but nothing is finalized. The final plans would only be decided after consulting all the stake holders," said Sravan Dasoju, a politburo member of TRS.
On its part, BJP wants to take the advantage of the ongoing session of the Parliament, and it is contemplating boycotting the all-party meeting and pressing for tabling a bill on Telanagana in Loksabha as well as Rajyasabaha. However, Kodandaram is understood to have advised the BJP against boycotting the all-party meeting.
"Boycotting the all-party meeting would be a wrong move at this juncture and would give advantage to the anti-Telanagana parties like TDP and YSR Congress. So, the T-JAC is advising the political parties to take part in the meeting," said Katti Venkataswamy, co-convener of T-JAC.
Kishan Reddy said he had taken note of the issues Kodandaram raised in the meeting, and the BJP would take a final call in the meeting of the core committee of the party slated for December 19.
"We have not yet decided on taking part in the all-party meeting. I discussed with Kodandaram on the how we should take the movement forward. We will come out with our strategy after the core committee meeting," said Kishan Reddy.