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KCR denies remarks against non-Telangana employees

PTI  Hyderabad, August 04, 2013
First Published: 22:02 IST(4/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:05 IST(4/8/2013)

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday sought to douse the controversy over his remarks that state government employees from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra working in Telangana should go back to their respective regions, saying no one needs to go anywhere.

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KCR's apparent damage control came even as the East and West Godavari Bar Association Lawyers Joint Action Committee (JAC) lodged a police complaint on Sunday against him for his remarks about non-Telangana region employees working in state capital Hyderabad.

Speaking at a meet the press programme organised by the Telangana Journalists Forum in Hyderabad, Rao denied making remarks that employees from Andhra have no option but to go back to their native region post-bifurcation. The remarks had triggered a furore.

"Who asked you to go? You will do your administration. You will run (administration) for 10 years (as said by Congress). You retire here and  buy a flat and live here. We have no objection. We never curse people. We only curse people who curse people," he said.

He, however, alleged that Telangana has suffered a lot in terms of jobs, availability of water among other things in united Andhra Pradesh.

The Lawyers' JAC lodged a complaint in Rajahmundry's Three Town police station against KCR, its convener Muppalla Subba Rao said.

The JAC also formed a human chain in protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

On Saturday, the East Godavari District Bar Association also demanded that a complaint must be registered against Rao.

The lawyers submitted compact discs and newspaper clippings published about the alleged remarks made by Rao on August 2. They demanded that the police register a case against KCR and take action, alleging that his remarks would create differences between Telangana and non-Telangana employees in Hyderabad.

They also claimed that timely police action helped resolve a clash between Telangana and non-Telangana employees in the Employees State Insurance (ESI) office in Hyderabad on Saturday.

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