Hyderabad: Stating that the removal of 14(F) Clause from 1975 Presidential Order was a small sacrifice of the Samaikyandhra people, the Seemandhra senior Congress leader, Mr Anam Vivekananda Reddy, has said the Seemandhra people have given a ‘wooden elephant’ (abolition of 14(F) clause) to the Telangana people, who were demanding ‘real elephant’ (separate Telangana State).
Speaking to the media on the Assembly premises on Saturday, Mr Vivekananda Reddy said that it was not proper to speak against the Presidential orders as the President was the highest Constitutional authority in the country. Ridiculing the remarks of the Vijayawada MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, he made it clear that they would not get an expected judgment on abolition of 14(F) Clause because the State Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution on it.
Appealing to the Seemandhra people not to agitate against the deletion of 14(F) Clause, he said it was not proper for the Seemandhra people to demand a share in jobs in Hyderabad. He clarified that the deletion of 14(F) Clause was only confined to SI and lower level jobs only. Those who want the State to remain united should not ask for share in jobs in Hyderabad. Asserting that the Seemandhra people had sacrificed many things for the sake of Samaikyandhra, he said the abolition of 14(F) Clause was a small sacrifice.
Pointing out that there were 75 lakh Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad, he said there was no need to approach the Court and challenge the President’s action in deleting 14-F clause from the Presidential Order because those who were born and brought up in Hyderabad have automatically became local candidates.
The former minister and Seemandhra senior Congress leader, Mr Gade Venkata Reddy, said as the Union government had taken a decision on deletion of 14(F) Clause, it was their responsibility to abide by the Centre’s decision as loyal party men. He also said that those who want to approach the court have to take legal opinion first.