Hyderabad: The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on Friday demanded that the State government order an inquiry into the vandalism on Tank Bund and fix those responsible for destruction of the statues.
Speaking on the statement of the Home Minister on the incidents took place in connection with Million March on Tank Bund, Mr Chandrababu Naidu said that the statements made by the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, on December 9 and 23 have caused unrest which was till continuing in the State. He strongly condemned the destruction of statues and attack on media persons at Tank Bund. He also questioned as to why the police allowed some Congress MPs to the area where prohibitory orders were imposed. He alleged that the police took the Congress MPs, Mr Madhu Yashki and Dr K Keshav Rao, to Tank Bund providing escort. He also brought the allegation of the Telangana JAC Chairman, Prof. Kodandaram to the notice of the government that the plainclothed police men had destroyed the statues on the Tank Bund. He demanded that the government reinstall the statutes on Tank Bund as early as possible. The government should also pay compensation to the video cameras and media equipment which were damaged in the attack of the agitators, he demanded.
Stating that the two regions were equally important to him, Mr Naidu made it clear that it was his “two-eyed strategy”. Indirectly targeting the ruling party, he said that he has no two-tongue strategy like some parties. The Centre should take a decision at the earliest on the Justice Srikrishna Committee Report and remove the prevailing uncertainty in the State, he added.
The TDP MLA, Mr Payyavula Keshav, alleged that the government was the main accused and those gave a call for Million March were second accused in the destruction of statutes on Tank Bund.
The Lok Satta MLA, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, felt that violence, destruction of cultural objects and fascism would not become “movement” in any way. The agitations without restraint would not do justice and good to the people. He urged the government to reinstall the statues on Tank Bund at the earliest.
The MIM floor leader, Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, alleged that the statement of the Union Home Minister on December 9, 2009 resulted in the uncertainty in the State. Indirectly referring to Mr K Kiran Kumar Reddy, he said that the Chief Minister, who does not have the support of his own party MLAs, may not be able to control the law and order. “If the decision maker was unable to take a decision, he should step down. The House needs to discuss the Telangana agitation, suicides of the students and Justice Srikrishna Committee report. The Assembly should unanimously pass a resolution demanding that the Centre take a decision immediately on the Justice Srikrishna Committee report”, he urged.
The CPI floor leader, Mr G Mallesh, said that along with the damaged statues, the new statues of Telangana literary and social reformists – Komuram Bheem, Chakali Ilamma, Ravi Narayana Reddy and others should also be installed on Tank Bund.
The CPI(M) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy, has demanded installation of statues of Telangana literary and social activists on Tank Bund. (NSS)