Cook-on-the-roads peaceful in city.


2 May 2011
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HYDERABAD: Telangana activists and employees alike joined the 'Vanta-Vaarpu' ( cook-on-the-roads) programme on Sunday by setting up thousands of community kitchens on all major thoroughfares in 150 municipal divisions in the state, demanding introduction of Telangana bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.

The programme, part of the call given by the Telangana political JAC to mount pressure on the UPA government, passed off peacefully with participants across the Telangana political spectrum cautioning the Centre not to test their patience.

Hundreds of Telangana employee JAC members, especially TNGOs, offered their tributes to Telangana martyrs at Gun Park in Basheerbagh and took oath not to rest till the Centre announced the formation of a separate state. Political JAC chairman M Kodandaram, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and other Telangana leaders including Nagam Janardhan Reddy paid their respects at the martyrs memorial.

Telangana JAC chairman said the call to set up community kitchens was a big success. "People in the city have once again sent a strong message to the Centre to act immediately on the process of forming Telangana state. If Delhi rulers do not respect public sentiment, then we will take the agitation to newer heights in a phased manner like laying siege to the city, holding rasta rokos and rail rokos. If the need arises, we will not hesitate to call for an indefinite general strike," said the JAC chairman.

Kodandaram cautioned the Telangana Congress leaders against continuing in their posts beyond June 25.

The TRS chief and his family participated in the Vanta-Vaarpu programme held near the Basava Tarakamma Memorial Cancer Hospital in Banjara Hills. Addressing the gathering, the TRS chief said, "The time has come for Telangana leaders to stop visiting Delhi. Our struggle must be intensified further to force Delhi leaders to come to us. I am assuring all T Congress leaders that there is no threat to their political future if they resign. The Congress party will not accept their resignations. I will talk to them in a day or two and convince them."

Siricilla legislator K Taraka Rama Rao, who made his presence felt at several temporary kitchens, had his meal at Mytrivanam. Sounding a note of caution against testing the patience of people in the region, Rao said Congress leaders should stop enacting drama in Delhi and get down to direct action in the state.

"If they fail to resign by July 1 as promised, we will start cooking before their houses and make them feel the heat of the movement. We will give a befitting reply to the Centre by holding yet another impactful million march programme," he said.

The BJP leaders too actively participated at a programme held near Basheerbagh. Gadar, who attended the programme said, " Hyderabad lo vantalu, Delhi lo mantalu (The heat of these kitchens must be felt in Delhi). This peaceful and innovative struggle will definitely send a strong message to the Centre and force the Delhi rulers to respond to our genuine demands for self-rule and self-respect."

TRS floor leader E Rajendar participated in a huge kitchen set up in Alwal area, while Medak TRS MP Vijayashanti, Banjara Hills Congress MLA P Vishnuvardhan Reddy and Siddipet TRS MLA T Harish Rao had community lunch near Hi-Tec City.

Temporary kitchens were also set up on the premises of Osmania Medical College, outside Ranga Reddy district courts, OU varsity, near Angrau crossroads, L B Nagar, Malakpet, Mint compound and Clock Tower.

The city traffic police ensured that the Vanta-Vaarpu did not effect the traffic movement in the city. "But for minimal congestion at Maithrivanam near Ammerpet, we did not experience any traffic problem," Punjagutta traffic inspector V Chandra Kumar said.

Sunday being a holiday, traffic police did not have to face much of a problem.

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