Hyderabad: The Kiran Kumar Reddy government is likely to encounter tough times during the coming weeks what with a series of agitation programs staring at the seat of State administration over the contentious issue of separate Telangana state.
The Students JAC has called for Telangana Bandh on August 10 demanding deletion of Clause 14(f) from the Presidential Order of 1975. Again a two-day bandh was called on August 13 and 14 in a bid to prevent the State government’s move to hold written examination for SI posts on those two days. The TNGOs have also issued a strike notice to launch a general strike (Sarva Janula Samme) from August 17 to derail the administration at all levels in the region. Even the private educational institutions have also decided to participate in the strike.
While the employees and the students are getting ready by sharpening their arsenal to mount pressure and make the Central government yield to the demand for a separate Telangana State, the Kiran Kumar Reddy administration is engaged in planning various measures to nip in the bud any law and order situation and also ensure that the common man was not put into any inconvenience.
In fact, the State government has already made it clear to the employees that it would deal with their strike with an iron hand by declaring that it would implement “no work no pay” rule and also invoke ESMA against the striking staff. The Chief Minister had also discussed with the Director General of Police, Mr V. Dinesh Reddy, and other senior police officials regarding the steps to be taken to maintain peace and law and order. Already heavy contingents of CRPF, Rapid Action Force besides the State armed police personnel have been dispatched to all the places that have been identified as trouble prone. Additional para-military forces from the Centre are also likely to be sought if necessary.
The Telangana region had already witnessed a series of Bandhs during last month, thanks to the overzealousness the TRS-controlled TJAC, putting the people to untold miseries besides affecting the academic career of the students. And as more bandhs have already been announced during the week, a PIL was filed in the High Court seeking relief from further inconveniences. The court has issued notices to the TRS and TJAC as to why their programs should not be disallowed and also served notice to the State government seeking its explanation about the preventive measures being taken by the administration to prevent any problem to the common man.
Expressing grave concern over the future academic career of their children, the parents and also the managements of various schools have appealed to the political parties and organizations to exempt the educational institutions from the proposed strikes and bandhs. They had also urged the government to bring the educational institutions under the purview of ESMA.
The Telangana employees have sounded the bugle for a war with the State government on Monday by commencing “work-to-rule” in various government offices and departments all over the region as a prelude to their general strike from August 17. The doctors and medical employees have also commenced a relay hunger strike from today on the premises of Gandhi Hospital to express their solidarity with the ensuing general strike.
What intriguing is that while the TRS-controlled TJAC is encouraging the students, employees, advocates and other organizations to step up various agitation programs, the Telangana TDP leaders were planning to organise a dharna in New Delhi and the CPI has planned to raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha. The Telangana Congress leaders, including MPs, MLAs and ministers, who had submitted their resignations, seem to be indulging only in blame game besides praying for quick recovery of Ms Sonia Gandhi from her ill-health so that she would make a favourable announcement.
However, the much-awaited and evasive solution to the Telangana crisis is likely to be delayed further what with Parliament engaged in a fresh controversy over the CWC scam and the CAG report indicting the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dixit. While the Opposition parties are busy in gunning the UPA government, the Congress leaders are engaged in trying to wriggle out of piquant situation. Thus, these developments in New Delhi is bound to push the Telangana issue into the back ground, at least for some more time, at least till the logjam in Parliament was resolved.
Meanwhile, the peace-loving people, the business community, the parents and especially the daily-wage labourers are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping against hope for a quick solution to all their problems.