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Telangana-ministers stay off work for now

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The Telangana Congress leaders, who have just returned from Delhi after the first round of talks with the party leadership, have in principle decided to to stay away from their duties.

They are, however, wondering what to do for the rest of the two-month period until the completion of the talks.

“We will meet as and when the need arises to decide on how to proceed further in this regard, but as of now we will continue our non-cooperation,” said the panchyati raj minister and chairman of the Telanagana Congress steering committee, Mr K. Jana Reddy.

The Telangana ministers, Mr D. Sridhar Babu and Mr Basavaraju Sariah, who are part of the Cabinet sub-committee on talks with government staff, boycotted the committee meeting on Thursday to demonstrate their “non-cooperation”.

The 10 Congress MPs who have submitted resignations will not insist on presiding officers accepting the same, but will not attend the Parliament session commencing on August 1.

“There is no possibility of the Parliament session continuing with its business as chances of an adjournment are high with the BJP raising the 2G scam issue on a daily basis. So there is no point in us attending the session,” said one Congress MP, though he conceded that this could change depending on the situation.

The Telangana Congress steering committee has in principle decided to extend its solidarity to the different modes of protest, agitation and strike call during August given by various Telangana employees’ organisations.

“We cannot oppose the agitations since they are for the sake of Telangana. We are helpless in this. Moreover, we believe the pressure should continue till the Centre announces T-state,” said the Nalgonda MP, Mr Gutta Sukhender Reddy.

However, there is a growing feeling among T-Congress leaders that if they continue their non-cooperation, it may damage the party and affect the state administration. “As ministers, we have to do so many things that are stalled since July 4. If this kind of situation continues for an indefinite period, I don’t know what will happen to the government,” said a Telangana minister on condition of anonymity. Deccan Chronicle

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