CM seeks time from Telangana employees
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Monday said the government was waiting for the high court's consent to implement an agreement reached with the Telangana employees at the end of a 42-day-long strike last year.
The chief minister told the assembly that the government has sought the court's permission to implement the agreement and hoped that the matter would come up in a couple of days.
However, dissatisfied with his reply, Telangana region legislators belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalled the proceedings, forcing speaker N. Manohar to adjourn the house for the day.
The speaker had earlier adjourned the house for 15 minutes when the agitating members surrounded the podium, demanding that the government fulfill its promises, which include treating the strike period as leave.
TDP leader from Telangana, E. Dayakar Rao alleged that the government had gone back on its word. Another leader, M. Narasimhulu said the chief minister was acting in an irresponsible manner on the issue.
Leaders of the BJP, Communist Part of India (CPI) and other parties supported the employees' demand.
The Telangana Employees' Joint Action Committee (JAC) last month launched its protest programme to demand that the government honour its commitment.
The JAC plans to call for "Chalo Hyderabad" March 20. Its leaders have threatened to go on an indefinite strike.
The government employees, along with transport workers and miners had gone on a strike last year to demand a separate Telangana state.
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