Chidambaram’s statement triggers T-Bandh
The statement made by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram made the MPs and MLAs of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to withdraw their hunger strikes and resignations. It also made MPs and MLAs of Telangana region to resign and call for a 48 hour bandh.
Chidambaram made no reference to his earlier statement for “moving an appropriate resolution in the State Assembly” or mentioned any effort to evolve consensus. Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao described Chidambaram’s latest statement as a betrayal of the Telangana cause by the Centre. KCR and TRS MP Vijayashanti, 36 MLAs and other elected representatives of various parties announced their resignations. Congress leaders from Telangana joined the TRS in calling for a 48-hour bandh in the region from Thursday.
Violence broke out in the Telangana region within hours of the Centre’s announcement. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse a mob in Warangal.