The Joint Action Committee formed to spearhead the agitation for a separate Telangana, has removed the Telugu Desam Party from the body, saying it had gone against the committee's cause.
The attack on Telangana lawyers demanding resignation of TDP leaders and failure of TDP Members of Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament to resign from their post in line with the decision of the JAC has led to the removal of Chandrababu Naidu's party, JAC convenor C Kodandaram said.
The ties between the TDP and the JAC had reached a flashpoint following an alleged attack on Telangana lawyers, who interrupted Naidu's speech at a rally organised by the party in Hyderabad recently.
The JAC constituents including the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and people's organisations have been sore with TDP leaders for not resigning from their posts as decided by the committee earlier.
With the TDP's expulsion, the JAC is now left with only the TRS and some small organisations, as the ruling Congress has already walked out of the committee.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has been staying away from the activities of the JAC for a long time.
The TDP leaders had also alleged that the JAC has been acting at the behest of the TRS.The JAC meeting was attended by TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao and leaders of people's organisations.