With the stalemate over controversial clause 14F of the Presidential Order showing no signs of resolution, chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday wrote another letter, this time, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, stating that a fresh resolution by the state assembly is not possible at this juncture and that the Centre should delete the clause based on the earlier resolution passed in March 2010.
In the meantime, the Osmania University Students JAC announced that the bandh in the Telangana region would be held on August 8 in case the clause 14F is not deleted. In his letter, Kiran Kumar said the state assembly was not in session and therefore the Centre should hold the resolution passed by the House on March 18, 2010, as valid as it was unanimous and also because there has been no change in the composition of the political parties or the strength. “The chief minister has hinted that the current political atmosphere is not conducive for a similar resolution to be passed,” said sources. Kiran Kumar, who had written a similar letter to Union home minister P Chidambaram two days back, repeated his request to the home minister over phone that the clause be deleted based on the existing resolution. But on Wednesday, it became clear that the regional divide stands firm on the issue of clause 14F.
Even as the students in the Seemandhra staged protests against the demand for deletion of the clause, three Telangana ministers, deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha, Danam Nagender and Mukesh Goud, met the chief minister and requested him to take steps to ensure the repeal of the clause before the examination for recruitment of sub-inspectors is held on August 13-14. “Wait for some more days. The Centre will delete it without insisting on another resolution,” Kiran reportedly told his colleagues. Meanwhile, the OU students JAC said on Wednesday that the bandh proposed in the region in protest against non-deletion of clause 14F would be held on August 8.
The bandh is being supported by the TRS, Telangana Political JAC, BJP, TDP, CPI, CPI-ML (New Democracy) and ABVP and PDSU, they said. Earlier, the Telangana groups had threatened a bandh on August 5. It was decided to postpone the bandh from August 5 to 8 as too many programmes have been planned for August 5 including an agitation by the BJP at all mandal headquarters. The Telangana Political JAC said it would submit a memorandum to the chief minister on August 6.
“If the government does not postpone the SI recruitment exam by then, the bandh on August 8 will stand,” said a T-JAC member. TOI