Hyderabad, July 31: Festive atmosphere prevailed on the Osmania University campus today with the victory of TRS and BJP candidates in the byelections. The Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee (OUJAC) termed the victory as a clear mandate by the people of the region for a separate Telangana. “It is a victory of students and also of those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of separate statehood,” OUJAC said.
An impressive victory rally was taken out from the NCC gate to Arts College in which thousands of students took part. They burst crackers, danced to the tunes of ‘teen maar’ and distributed sweets to celebrate the victory.
The OUJAC demanded the resignation of PCC chief D Srinivas owing moral responsibility for the Congress party’s debacle in the polls. “Srinivas should resign as the PCC chief or he should immediately submit a report on behalf of the Congress in favour of a separate Telangana to the Srikrishna Committee,” OUJAC leader Punna Kailash Neta demanded.
Speaking to reporters at Arts College later, OUJAC leaders said the bypoll results were a slap on the face of Unified Andhra protagonists.
“Congress MPs and MLAs from the region should stop towing the line of Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and instead bring pressure on the Centre to introduce a separate Telangana Bill in Parliament,” they demanded.
The Srikrishna Committee should also understand the aspirations of the people of the region as reflected in the election results, the student leaders said.
OUJAC said they would now focus on issues and problems related to Telangana. As a first step, they said they would fight against the Maharashtra government to stall the Babli project.
“We are chalking out an action plan to launch a movement against the Babli project which is detrimental to the interests of the region. The student JACs of other universities would also be joined in our fight ,” Kailash said.
The students lashed out at TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and said he should come out with a clear stand on the statehood issue.
ABVP and TRS Vidyarthi Vibhag students also took out a motorcycle rally in the campus and joined the celebrations.
“The Congress should not delay the process of carving out a separate state any more and introduce a Bill in Parliament,” ABVP state secretary Kadiyam Raju said and added that the students are ready to fight till their end for separate Telangana.
The TRS and BJP leaders resigned to their posts when the separate Telangana agitation was at its peak owing to the pressure of the OUJAC after the suicide of a student in the university campus for separate Telangana.