Monday, August 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit, BC OU students confront Kodandaram

Dalit, BC OU students confront Kodandaram
TNN Aug 4, 2011, 04.39am IST

HYDERABAD: About 25 students of Osmania University Students Joint
Action committee staged a protest before Telangana JAC convener
Kodandaram asking him to explain why they were not consulted before
calling a Hyderabad bandh on August 8. A major section of OU-JAC had
called for a Hyderabad Bandh with the support of TRS, TDP and BJP on
August 8, in a discussion lead by Prof Kodandaram earlier on

The protesting students belonging to dalit and BC communities said
that they were not consulted in an all party meeting that was held in
the city before calling a bandh on August 8. The students gheraoed
Kodandaram for about 30 minutes at Basheerbagh at around 8 pm on

The students said that in the meeting that was held in the city, only
some section of Students' JAC affliated to TRS were called for
discussion. "A large majority of the students of Osmania University
campus and their representatives were left out of the discussion,"
said M Krishank, a student of the university. The students were also
irked by the fact that ABVP which had never participated in OU-JAC
agitations directly were calling in as an ally without consulting
them. The students have also submitted a four page petition addressing
the same concerns to Kodandaram.

Kodandaram later addressed the students and assured them that the
Telangana JAC had been in consultations with student leaders since the
very beginning of the agitation. The students were removed from the
spot by police at around 8.30 pm.

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