After several rounds of talks with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Telangana ministers have decided to drop their protests for now and resume their duties from August 16. Sources attribute this sudden change of heart to the deletion of controversial Clause 14F of the Presidential Order on Friday.
Several ministers rushed to the secretariat on Friday to congratulate the CM on his success in getting the clause deleted. Home minister Sabita Reddy told TOI that she would participate in the official I-Day functions and in the cabinet meeting on August 16. She thanked the CM for his untiring efforts in ensuring the deletion of the clause.
Backward classes welfare minister B Saraiah and civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu also confirmed their participation in the I-Day celebrations in their districts, and in the cabinet meeting, while infrastructure minister K V Reddy said he would participate in the official I-Day functions, but said he had not decided yet about attending the cabinet meeting. Other ministers like the information technology minister Ponnala Laxmaiah already began participating in official programmes and even accompanied the chief minister when the latter inaugurated an IT company on Thursday.
Other Telangana ministers Mukesh Goud, Danam Nagender and deputy CM Damodar Rajanarasimha who had not submitted their resignations are participating in official programmes anyway.
Following ministers’ decision to resume duties, the state government on Friday issued orders allotting them their respective districts for taking part in official flag hoisting functions.The district collector will hoist the flag in Adilabad which does not have a minister.
Political Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram cautioned Telangana ministers against attending the Independence Day celebrations on August 15. TOI