Hyderabad: Senior Telugu Desam Party leader Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Thursday put words to the thoughts in most people’s minds by asking why the state government can only take action against its employees and not against Ministers under the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act 1981.
Talking to media persons at Assembly Media Point, Mr Srinivas Yadav questioned why the employees were discriminated against and ESMA invoked against them when Ministers play truant and abstain from their duties.
“The Ministers are also public servants. The government should also initiate action against them and invoke ESMA,” Mr Srinivas Yadav demanded.
Referring to the speculation that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act in the event of Telangana employees going on a strike from August 1, the senior TDP leader opined that if this happens, the Chief Minister will lose the moral right to continue in his post. “As it is, after the resignation of Ministers and Congress elected representatives from the Telangana region, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy has lost any moral right to continue in office,” he said.
The TDP leader demanded that the Chief Minister convene a special session of the Assembly and prove his majority in the House .
When asked if it (special session to the Assembly) was his personal opinion or the TDP’s stand, Mr Srinivas Yadav avoided an answer and left.(INN)