New Delhi: Stating that the talks being held by the Union minister and Congress State in-charge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, were not in the direction of creating Telangana State, the Telangana Political JAC Convener, Prof. Kodandaram, and Telangana NGOs Unions president, Mr Swamy Goud, have warned that the administration from village to State level would be paralysed if the Union government failed to make a clear statement on formation of Telangana State by August 1.
Talking to the media here on Thursday, Prof. Kodandaram expressed displeasure over the way talks were being held. He said he has no confidence that the talks were for the specific purpose of bifurcation of the State. General strike would begin as decided by them earlier in August as talks were not proceeding in the right direction.
Prof. Kodandaram said they met the leaders of all political parties in Delhi and secured their total support on the Telangana issue. He also said that the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Ms Sushma Swaraj of the BJP, assured him that she would raise the Telangana issue in the ensuing session of Parliament. He appealed to the Centre to take a favourable decision on Telangana at the earliest, otherwise, the general strike would go on as scheduled.
The TNGO leaders, Mr Swamy Goud and Mr Srinivasa Goud, who also participated in the media conference, have condemned the State government’s attempts to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on the employees going on strike. They said the BJP senior leader, Ms Sushma Swaraj, has assured to stand by the employees, in case the government invoked ESMA. They appealed to the TDP legislators of the region to submit their resignations once again, otherwise, the people will teach them a fitting lesson.