Hyderabad: Flag posts were in great demand on Monday when pro-Telangana leaders tried to hoist Telangana flags along with our national flag Tiranga. However, the Hyderabad City Police created more shortage by removing the existing flag-posts from several locations where Telangana activists were suspected to hoists the flags.
Members of Telangana Congress Steering Committee were in a shock to find that the flag-post at the Gun Park was missing on Monday morning. The leaders including Steering Committee chairman K Keshava Rao, Congress MPs Dr. M.Jagannatham and G Vivek and MLC Yadav Reddy wanted to hoists the national and Telangana flag. An angry Keshava Rao later told reporters that preventing anyone from hoisting the national flag was a crime and a clear violation of Supreme Court order that stated that anyone can hoist the national flag at any place in the country on Independence Day.
Former minister Jupally Krishna Rao criticised the police behaviour and said he would approach the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to lodge an official complain demanding dismissal of police officials responsible for the same.
The Independence Day celebrations at Gun Park were looking more like another protest meet for Telangna, than a national festival. However, amidst complaints of injustice, they were lot of hopes. Congress MP G Vivek hoped that he would celebrate the next Independence Day in the state of Telangana. Manda Jagannatham asked the centre to grant statehood for the region with the same seriousness that it has shows in deletions of Clause 14F.
However, suspended TDP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who joined the Congress leaders at Gun Park after attending Independence Day celebrations at legislative assembly premises, was more optimistic. He asked the Congress leaders to convince the centre to grant statehood for Telangana by 17th September, which is celebrated as Hyderabad Liberation Day. “People of Telangana should get freedom from Andhraites on 17th September,” he demanded. (INN)