Fissures widen between T-JAC, TRS

KCR’s reported ‘warning’ that T-JAC will be ‘disbanded’ if it fails to support TRS in Parkal worsened situation

In spite of the efforts being made by both sides to bury differences stemmed from the Mahabubnagar by-election result, the gap between the Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) appears to have widened.

The reported ‘warning’ issued by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, at an internal meeting with Warangal district T-JAC leaders a few days ago on Parkal by-election, that T-JAC would be ‘disbanded’ if it failed to support his party in Parkal has worsened the situation.

Contrasting statements issued by T-JAC convenor M. Kodandaram and TRS Legislature Party leader Etala Rajender on Parkal by-election here on Monday show that the two sides are still struggling to work a way out. The TRS leader said there were no issues with T-JAC as it was supporting the party in Parkal, while Prof. Kodandaram said a decision was yet to be taken.

By not mentioning T-JAC even once in his speech at the party’s foundation day meeting held at Anantagiri Hills on April 27, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao stands a testimony to the fissures. There were instances when Prof. Kondadaram was specially invited by Mr. Rao to participate in the TRS’ polit bureau meeting.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr. Kodandaram, however, blamed a section of the media opposing the statehood demand for Telangana for magnifying the differences with TRS. “There are no differences whatsoever with TRS as isbeing made out by media. We are united in the struggle to achieve statehood for the region,” he said.

“We are yet to take a decision on the issue of supporting TRS in Parkal by-election. It will be discussed in the steering committee soon,” Prof. Kodandaram said. On the other hand, Mr. Rajender told reporters that Muslims in Mahabubnagar felt that BJP was able to win the seat only due to T-JAC. It was for the T-JAC to clarify it to the people, he said.

He alleged that the BJP’s attitude had hurt the minorities’ sentiment in Mahabubnagar and it had become a reason for their distancing from the movement for statehood. The very purpose of T-JAC’s formation was to bring together all sections of the region to fight for the cause, he pointed out.