The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, refused to oblige the infrastructure minister, Mr Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, who came out strongly against conducting the SI recruitment exams till the clause 14(f) was deleted from the Presidential Orders.
Mr Komatireddy met the Chief Minister along with other Telangana ministers, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, Mr Basavaraju Saraiah and Mr P. Sudarshan Reddy at the camp office and almost demanded him to postpone the SI exams slated for August 13 and 14.
There was a wordy duel between the Mr Komatireddy and the Chief Minister for some time when the latter clearly told him that the examinations will not be put off, with or without the 14(f) clause.
The Chief Minister told the ministers that even on Thursday morning he had talked to the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidamabaram, and asked him to expedite the file related to deleting clause and get it approved by the President before commencement of examinations.
He even told them that the file reached the Prime Minister’s Office from the home ministry recommending deletion.
Mr Komatireddy challenged the Chief Minister that when a majority of the people in Telangana and its leaders were raising their voice against conducting the examination, how could the government go ahead with it, without deletion of the controversial clause.
He also told the Chief Minister that it is not desirable to go ahead with the exams now when the whole region is surcharged and a virtual battle will be enacted on the day of exam.
Sources said Mr Komatireddy at one stage lost his temper and shouted at the CM.
When he asked the Chief Minister, “Will you postpone the exams if deletion of clause is not done before August 10?” the Chief Minister replied, “Exams will be conducted with or without the deletion. That is final.”
On his part, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy told them clearly, “I have signed on the file for conducting examinations. There is no going back now.”
Later, Mr Komatireddy told newsmen that if the clause is not deleted before August 10, the government would be held responsible for any untoward incidents that will happen and warned the government that as ministers in the Cabinet they will be forced to take “some serious” decisions.
Similarly, he said all the T-ministers will go to the Governor and submit their resignations if Telangana state is not announced before September 30. Deccan Chronicle