Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president professor, Kodandaram on Wednesday lashed out at the ruling-TRS government in the state, for not granting permission for a public meeting in the city on April 29.
Dubbing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao a 'dictator', Kodandaram pointed that a cinema function was allowed to be held at LB Stadium last week, but his meeting was denied permission.
"The way the TRS government is refusing to give permission to hold any meeting by the Opposition in the city creates doubts among all whether we are living in a democracy or a dictatorship. The government is citing lame reasons for denying permission. They say our meeting will create pollution and traffic issues. In that case, how come a cinema function was allowed in LB Stadium.. Did that not create pollution and traffic issues? We have every right to hold the meeting and decide the venue of the meeting," Kodandaram told reporters.
Kodandaram, who is also the Chairman of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), said that the TRS government 'feared' the TJS, which is why their meetings were being obstructed.
The TJS is scheduled to hold a public meeting on April 29, to mark the party’s launch. While it applied for permission in the Saroornagar Stadium, NTR stadium and LB Nagar stadium, it alleged that the police were not granting permission to the party.
Following this, the TJS has also written to the Union Defence Ministry, seeking permission to hold the meet at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad.
Kodandaram also filed a petition with the Hyderabad High Court on the issue.
The court has since asked the Telangana government to clearly spell its stand on granting permission to the TJS.
Addressing reporters last week, Kodandaram said that he would contest in the 2019 elections and said that the TJS will be formally launched on April 29, where the party will demonstrate its strength.