Hyderabad: The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which spearheaded the Telangana movement in its last phase, is on the brink of collapse.
Employees’ JAC, a major affiliate of TJAC comprising Telangana Non-Gazetted Offic-ers’ (TNGOs) Association, Tel-angana Gazetted Officers’ (TGO) Association, Class IV employees unions, teachers and others comprising nearly 6.5 lakh government employees, have decided to quit TJAC.
“TJAC was established to fight for Telangana state. We achieved the goal. There is no point in continuing with the organisation,” TNGO president K. Ravinder Reddy told this newspaper on Wednesday.
Prof. Kodandaram, who formed TJAC in 2009 as an umbrella organisation to intensify the movement and achieve statehood, meanwhile said TJAC would continue and serve the people. “TJAC will continue. I did not get any letter from the organisations. I have heard about it,” he said.
TJAC initially comprised TRS, Congress, Telugu Desam, BJP and other parties besides employees, students, intellectuals and other organisations.
Due to differences, TD and Congress quit during the movement while the TRS and BJP are now keeping a distance.
Prof. Kodandaram at one point of time had even overshadowed Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao with the highly successful Sakala Janula Samme, Million March, Telangana March, Vanta Varpu etc.
TGO Association president and TRS Mahbubnagar MLA V. Srinivas Goud said, "What's the point in having TJAC after statehood has been achieved? This is a collective decision of employees to quit."
TRS leaders these days are finding it difficult to associate with Prof. Kodandaram given his critical comments about the Chief Minister for ignoring real T-activists and promoting those who had opposed Telangana and on other issues.
Top employees' leaders now hold key positions in the government. Mr Swami Goud is a TRS MLC and chairman of Telangana Legislative Council, Mr Srinivas Goud is the TRS Mahbubnagar MLA while Mr Devi Prasad contested MLC elections and lost on a TRS ticket etc.
Prof Kodandaram, during the T-movement, had also differed with Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao over the mode of T-agitation and extension of support to the TRS during polls. He subsequently fell out. TJAC had asked people to vote for those who fought for Telangana, but did not say "vote for TRS".