Telangana: JAC expels TDP

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Hyderabad, Mar 13: As the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators did not resign in line with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) decision, the committee has expelled the party.

Late on Friday, Mar 12 JAC, which is leading the Telangana statehood campaign, held a meeting, during which the decision to expel TDP was taken.

The meeting was attended by JAC convener M Kodandaram, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao, party ideologue Jayashankar and representatives of Telangana employees' association.

Even though Kodandaram told reporters that TDP was expelled as its legislators failed to resign to protest against the terms of reference (ToR) of the Srikrishna panel, other factors such as the arrest of JAC leaders during TDP president Chandrababu Naidu's Mahabubnagar visit along with the recent attack by party activists on pro-Telangana lawyers led to the JAC taking the decision.

Alleging the Naidu was behaving undemocratically by not apologising for the attack on lawyers and slamming him for the arrest of JAC leaders, JAC convener said, "The TDP leaders from Telangana have also failed to speak out against this attitude of Naidu."

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