Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) Joint Action Committee (JAC) President Ashwathama Reddy on Sunday confirmed that the ongoing strike will continue and that the committee will soon approach the Central Government. JAC President Reddy stated that they may also seek President's intervention to resolve their issues. He also accused Telangana Chief Minister KC Rao of the threatening the employees who are like 'children' for him. This comes after CM Rao had set November 5 as a deadline for protesting TSRTC employees to join back their duties.
While speaking to news agency ANI, JAC President Ashwathama Reddy said, "The Chief Minister instead of providing confidence is threatening the employees. You call us children, is this the way you behave with children? The strike will definitely continue. We are going seek help of Home Minister Amit Shah in the matter and might also seek President's help as well."
"The state cabinet has decided that there will be no merger of RTC with government. The state has also granted permission of 5100 buses whereas the strike is declared illegal by labour commissioner. If the strike is only declared illegal then the relation between employees and department does not exist too. This agitation has started especially during the students' exams and festive season," Rao said while speaking to the media. He further added that the Central Government has brought the Motor Vehicle Act which permits privatisation, it is the law of land. That is the reason we have taken this decision. The CM said that 67 per cent hike was done by the state government.
The Telangana unit of BJP had criticised the K Chandrashekar Rao-led state government on Saturday over its decisions taken regarding the strike of TSRTC employees. BJP has said the decisions by the KCR government has been done with "highly suspicious" intentions. "BJP feels Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's statements amount to threatening the TSRTC employees who are on a legal strike. Bare minimum KCR could have done is to invite the union leaders for direct talks with him to resolve this month-long stand-off, instead, he openly threatened hapless employees," K Krishna Saagar Rao, chief spokesperson, Telangana BJP said in a statement.
(With ANI Inputs)