Hyderabad: Making it clear that the ministers from the Telangana region would submit their resignations to the Governor, Mr E S L Narasimhan, if the Centre failed to give a statement in favor of separate Telangana State by the end of September, the Minister for Infrastructure and Investment, Mr Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, said the Telangana Congress leaders have their own action plan in case the State government failed to postpone the SI Recruitment Written Examination and the Centre failed to scrap 14(F) Clause from Presidential Order of 1975 before the examination.
Speaking to the media at his residence here on Thursday, Mr Venkat Reddy said that it was not good for the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, to be firm on conducting the SI Examination. He said that the ministers from the region had told to the Chief Minister to conduct the SI Examination only after deletion of 14(F) Clause. He also said the Telangana ministers asked the Chief Minister how far the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram’s statement was correct to pass another resolution in the Assembly on 14(F) Clause.
Stating that the Chief Minister had assured the Telangana ministers that the Centre would scrap the 14(F) Clause by August 13, he said the ministers had specifically asked the Chief Minister to ensure deletion of the controversial clause before August 10. Stating that the Chief Minister had made it clear that there was no question of postponement of SI Examination, Mr Komatireddy said the Telangana ministers also told the Chief Minister that they have their own action plan if the government failed to postpone the SI Examination. Stating that the SI Recruitment Examination notification was issued in 2008, he said nothing would happen if the government postponed the examination for another two weeks.
Finding fault with the Vijayawada MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, for making provocative statements on 14(F) Clause two months ago, Mr Komatireddy asked Mr Rajagopal whether he was a Prime Minister to make such statements. He also alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the 14(F) Clause. Mr Venkat Reddy asked the TDP Chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, as to why he was maintaining silence on 14(F) Clause and asked the TDP chief whether his two eyes were not functioning now.
Welcoming the PCC Chief, Mr Botcha Sathyanarayana’s ‘no work-no pay’ policy, Mr Venkat Reddy said that the Telangana ministers had already taken a decision not to take salaries. Urging the PCC president not to change his stand on Telangana issue, he said that Mr Botcha was not speaking on Telangana issue after assuming the PCC Chief post. Stating that political leaders should stick to their word, he asked the PCC Chief to take responsibility to convince the Seemandhra leaders on Telangana issue. He said that the MIM party was also not opposing separate Telangana demand these days.
Extending full support to the Telangana Employees’ proposed ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ (General Strike), Mr Venkat Reddy said the Telangana public representatives will rescue the employees if there was any problem to them during the general Strike. He said the Telangana employees have the right to demand separate Telangana as the people of this region. He also made it clear that they would come to the rescue of the employees in case the government removed them from jobs.
Stating that the days of the Seemandhra leaders are numbered, Mr Venkat Reddy asked Mr Lagadapati, who used to give sermons on Telugu people’s self-respect, as to why he had not visited the body of Mandadi Yadi Reddy who had committed suicide in front of Parliament House demanding separate Telangana State. He said that he had advised the Telangana Congress leaders not to go to Delhi for discussions with the high command in the beginning itself. He also said that the Rajya Sabha MP and senior party leader, Dr K Keshav Rao, might have understood the situation now as he was saying that discussions with the State Congress Affairs in charge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, were waste of time.
Mr Venkat Reddy met the Chief Minister at the Camp Office on Thursday morning along with the Ministers, Mr D Sridhar Babu, Mr P Sudharshan Reddy and Mr Basavaraju Saraiah. It is learnt that Mr Venkat Reddy had a heated argument on 14(F) issue with the Chief Minister. At one stage, Mr Venkat Reddy asked the Chief Minister as to why he was not postponing the SI Examination while asking the ministers to withdraw their resignations. He told the Chief Minister that the latter was not respecting the Telangana Ministers while the Union Home Minister immediately responded to the letter addressed by Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal on 14(F) Clause issue and asked the State government to pass another resolution in the State Assembly.