The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday reportedly told the Telangana MPs, who met him in the Central Hall of Parliament, that he had asked the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, entrusted with the responsibility of handling the Telangana issue, to hasten the process. He also reportedly said that he has total understanding about why they had resigned.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Nagarkurnool MP, Mr Manda Jagannatham, said the Prime Minister had given them a patient hearing to their argument. He said when they informed the Prime Minister that the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, had written a letter to the Union government about the removal of 14 (F) clause of Presidential Order opining that there was no need for another resolution by the Assembly, the Prime Minister told them that the letter did not come to his notice and might have gone to either Mr Pranab Mukherjee or Mr Chidambaram.
Earlier, the Telangana Congress MPs met the Prime Minister in the Central Hall of Parliament and urged him to ensure that there need not be another resolution on the 14 (F) issue. They also asked the Prime Minister to immediately scrap the controversial clause.
Meanwhile, protests are witnessed all over the Telangana region on the conduct of SI written examination without scrapping the 14 (F) clause of Presidential Order.
LOOKS LIKE CHILD’S PLAY: RAGHAVULU
The CPI(M) state secretary, Mr B V Raghavulu, has said that Mr Chidambaram asking one more resolution by the Assembly on the 14 (F) clause looked like a child’s play. He said Mr Chidambaram has not acted like a statesman and a seasoned politician.
EETELA URGES CM AND BOTCHA TO ACT
The TRS Legislature Party leader, Mr Eetela Rajender, has demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy and the PCC Chief, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana act immediately to get the14(F) clause scrapped. He said the SI examinations should not be held until the clause was removed. He also said it was ridiculous that Mr Chidambaram has asked for one more resolution by the Assembly on the issue.