Hyderabad: The Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee boycotted the crucial talks with the Group of Ministers, and announced to go ahead with their plans of strike, notice for which had already been served.
The talks between the Group of Ministers and the TEJAC were to take place on Friday.
In the first hour, the TEJAC leaders met the group of ministers at the D block in Secretariat but the talks did not take place as scheduled as the Telangana leaders alleged the atmosphere not to be congenial for talks and came out of the hall.
Later speaking to the media persons, the TEJAC leader Swamy Gowd criticized the government for creating a situation which was not conducive for holding the talks.
He announced to go ahead with their plan of action but gave the government another two days time during which period the employees would go on pen down strike and hold lunch hour demonstrations.
Leaders heading JAC of Telangana employees, teachers, Gazzetted officers and workers also set preconditions for talks which include; withdrawing the draconian law – ESMA and cancellation of about eight other GOs plus GO 177, withdrawal of paramilitary forces deployed at the premises of the government offices.
The leaders maintained that while the government on one hand invited them for talks and sought their cooperation and on the other attempts were being made to invoke ESMA to deal with them firmly, which was not acceptable to them.
Specific demand was made to ensure no employee was targeted by ESMA and cautioned the government that they would intensify their struggle for achieving the ‘Telangana’.
Swamy Gowd and V Srinivasa Gowd, chairman and secretary general, respectively told newsmen that the government had no faith in the employees and was trying to intimidate them by issuing GOs 165/166 besides invoking ESMA against the employees.
They asserted that their demands were legal, constitutional and democratic. Slogans in support of ‘Telangana’ were also raised on this occasion.
Apart from Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha, Finance Minister Anam Ramnaryana Reddy, N Raguveera Reddy, Danam Nagender, Mukesh Gowd, Dharmana Prasada Rao, attended the meeting while Civil Supplies Minister Duddilla Sridhar Babu and Backward Classes Minister Basavaraju Saraiah did not turn up for the meeting.