JAC demands clear-time frame on Telangana panel

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Hyderabad, Jan 30: The all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) has demanded a clear time-frame for setting up of the committee proposed by the Center over Telangana on Saturday, Jan 30.

“They should commit to the December 9 programme and have a clear time-frame. These are our two expectations," JAC convener C. Kodandaram said in a news agency report.

He said that the reason behind asking for a clear-time frame for the completion of Committee was the fear of it being stalled like the women"s reservation bill.

"We said some time-frame should be there. Otherwise, it would become an endless process. Like the women"s reservation bill, it will never see the light of the day," Kodandaram said.

Stating that the nature of the panel has not been discussed by the JAC, he advised a framework of the committee within two demands.

"Within the framework of these two demands, the committee should be only for formation of Telangana. Nothing short of this will satisfy us," he said.

Kondaram warned that JAC would resort to agitation if the Centre"s announcement fails to meet their expectations.

JAC convener's statement came in the wake of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's announcement on Thursday, Jan 29, that a committee to handle the Telangana issue will be set up next week.

Earlier, JAC had said that the Center would be pressurized to accept  en masse resignation of legislators from the Telangana region, if it failed to come up with a favorable solution on separate Telangana within the Jan 29 deadline.

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