Hyderabad: The deletion of Clause 14F seems to have drawn new battle lines across Telangana and Seemandhra regions.
The Seemandhra leaders are now preparing to move to the Supreme Court against the deletion, which changed the status of Hyderabad to a ‘No free zone’. They are apparently upset that this would deprive the non-Telangana people of claiming any job or education rights in the State’s capital.
The Seemandhra leaders contend that the latest Presidential Order on Clause 14F and ratification of Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs resolution were not valid and they would contest their case in the Supreme Court on these grounds.
On the other hand, the Telangana protagonists claimed that when Clause 14F was introduced in 1975 to declare Hyderabad as a free zone, there was no constitutional amendment. As such the recent presidential ratification stood its grounds reversing the decision of 1975.
Nellore legislator Mr. Anam Vivekananda Reddy described the Clause 14F deletion as a mere eye wash to tide over the T-crisis. Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal even questioned the jurisdiction of CCPA led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in recommending deletion of the Clause in the Presidential Order.
However, Chief Minister Mr. N.Kiran Kumar is now a happy man. He has successfully lobbied with the centre to get the controversial clause deleted at the right time, just a day before the SIs exams.
While the pro-Telangana groups are jubilant, the Seemandhra student JAC leaders tried to express their anger by trying to launch an indefinite hunger strike in Guntur. However, the hunger strike attempt was foiled by the police.
The Seemandhra leaders are likely to approach the Supreme Court next week over the issue. (INN)