T-agitation:Its Operation Shut-Down in Hyderabad

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Charminar, Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Feb 28: There's trouble brewing in Telugu land and the Telangana agitation will go up by a couple of notches with a planned move by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) planning for a complete shut-down of Andhra Pradesh's nerve center Hyderabad.

The TJAC and the TRS will begin a 'Chalo Hyderabad" march starting Mar 9 that will see people from various parts of the Telangana region converging into Hyderabad that will culminate in a complete siege of the city on Mar 10. The man who holds the anchor in the whole controversy, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao in a statement said, "We will not allow ministers and government employees to reach the secretariat. There will be a complete siege to the place. The siege of the state capital will bring not only Hyderabad but the entire state to a halt and force the Centre to take a call on Telangana."

There will also be an indefinite strike in the city starting Mar 5 and the TRS plans to mobilize at least one lakh students from the Osmania University to fuel the protests. Prof M Kodandaram, JAC convenor said on the move, "The protesters will block all roads; nothing can come in or go out, not until the Central government agrees to form a separate state. This will be the biggest-ever gathering for Telangana. In the run-up to the siege will we start an indefinite strike from March 5."

With the protestors not easing their stand and demanding for nothing less than a separate Telangana state, the organizers of what can be called the largest ever planned protest for Telangana have revealed that talks are on to include Congress and TDP MLAs and MPs to join as well. “The non-cooperation movement will intensify once again from March 1 and will include not only state government employees but also lawyers and teachers," K Chandrasekar Rao said.

With major examinations scheduled in March, the move could spell trouble for students in the state. The TRS however maintained that they would take into consideration the exam dates and might tweak the dates of the agitation.

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