The Telangana Congress MPs, who have resigned and boycotting the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and discussed with him the fresh controversy raked up by the Union Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, over deletion of clause 14(f) of the Presidential Order.
It might be mentioned here that the Union Home Minister made it clear on Monday that a fresh resolution by the A.P. Assembly was necessary to ensure that there was consensus among all the parties with regard to deletion of Clause 14 (f) though a resolution has already been passed in March last year.
The statement of the Union Home Minister has triggered off a fresh controversy in the State, especially in the Telangana region, at a time when the State government was planning to hold examinations on August 13 for the recruitment of SI posts. All the political parties and
students’ organizations in the region, besides the Telangana JAC, have been demanding that the examinations cannot be held without deletion of Clause 14(f).
The Telangana Congress MPs for the second day today stayed away from the Lok Sabha. Though they avoided signing the register and did not enter the House, the MPs were very much present in the Central Hall of Parliament. On seeing the Prime Minister, Dr Manohan Singh in the Central Hall, the MPs met him and brought to his notice the fresh controversy that was triggered off by the Union Home Minister with regard to the deletion of Clause 214(f) of the Presidential Order. They explained to Dr Singh that the State Assembly had already passed a resolution in 2010 and wondered why another resolution was needed and appealed for resolving the issue at the earliest. They also impressed upon the Prime Minister to take a quick decision on carving out separate Telangana State.
The Union Minister for Health, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also the party in charge in the State, once again reiterated that the issue of resignations by the party MPs from the region was a matter to be resolved by the Lok Sabha Speaker. Consultations with the party leaders were in progress to find an amicable solution to raging crisis, he pointed out.
In the meantime, Mr. Chidambaram’s statement regarding deletion of Clause 14(f) triggered off strong protests and criticism from all political parties in the region. Even the Telangana ministers ridiculed the Union Home Minister’s argument for another resolution by the State Assembly and described it as nothing but adding fuel to the raging fire.
The students in various colleges in Telangana districts also boycotted classes and organized rallies and dharnas demanding deletion of the Clause 14(f) from the Presidential Order and warned the government of serious consequences if the examination for SI recruitment was held without deleting the clause.