Kodandaram said that he was forced to form a political party as the government had violated democratic norms with impunity.

TJAC chairman Kodandaram announces new party to be launched on April 29
news Politics Monday, April 02, 2018 - 20:07

Throwing his hat in for the 2019 elections in Telangana, the Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman P Kodandaram announced the launch of his new political party – the Telangana Jana Samithi – on Monday. The party will be formally launched on April 29, he said. 

The venue for the launch, however, has not been finalised. The party members claim they are certain that the Hyderabad police, acting at the behest of the TRS government, will deny them permission.

Kodandaram informed media persons that the party has set up preparatory committees at the state and district level to mobilise people for the party’s launch.

Addressing the media on Monday in Hyderabad, Kodandaram – who will the president of TJS – said that he was forced to form a political party as the government had violated democratic norms with impunity. Another reason for party formation, he said, was that Telangana has not become the state that was desired, a state that promised social justice to one and all.

“We thought that If the state comes into existence, the people will live with self-respect and dignity, and that the available resources would be equitably distributed amongst all the citizens. That did not happen,” Kodandaram said.

He added, “Everyone thought that Telangana would become a strong democratic state, but then democratic norms are violated with impunity. There are no places in Hyderabad for any democratic activity. Despite court permission, they are denying democratic protests.”

Attacking the Chief Minister, he said that KCR doesn’t even go to the Secretariat to address the grievances of the people.

He alleged that the CM K Chandrasekhar Rao has disregarded the institutions.

“Institutions are completely disregarded, there is no meaning of the cabinet. The CM himself conducts the review meeting of other departments. The CM himself takes all the key decisions. And he is not accessible to the public. He doesn’t even go to the Secretariat,” Kodandaram said.

“We thought of changing this situation through civil society struggles, but those endeavours didn’t yield any result. Eventually, we realised we cannot see a change unless and until there is a fundamental shift in politics,” TJS president said.

He further added, “We also realised that the demand for major political shift is not appropriately expressed by any political party, so eventually we thought of forming the party on our own.”

Accusing the TRS government of corruption, he said that the government is involved in misusing resources.

“The recent CAG report illustrates that power is purchased at a high rate. It is also clear that land mafia is thriving in the state, ignoring the rules. This is how the mafia is controlling the administration,” he alleged.

He said that his party’s objective is social justice, as envisaged by Dr BR Ambedkar.

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