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KCR stpes up heat on Telangana issue

PTI  Hyderabad, February 14, 2011
First Published: 19:44 IST(14/2/2011) | Last Updated: 19:46 IST(14/2/2011)

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government pass a resolution in the assembly for formation of a separate Telangana state and get it accepted by the Centre.


"I demand that the chief minister talk to the UPA government that promised Telangana, and the Prime Minister. Pass a resolution in the assembly and get it accepted by the Centre," he said, addressing a protest of the Telangana workers of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Noting that the separate statehood agitation has entered the final stage with the "non cooperation movement" beginning from February 17, Rao warned that all of Hyderabad would stink the if the GHMC sanitary workers stopped their work.

He, however, said sanitary workers would be involved in the non cooperation stir at a later stage. Among others, even the GHMC workers would get involved if the state government imposed Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on government employees, who announced their decision to start the non cooperation agitation.

Alleging that the GHMC is another example to show how injustice is done to Telangana in recruitment of personnel, he claimed that people from outside Telangana occupied important positions and also a large chunk of low level jobs.

"GHMC is a local body and locals should get the preference. But we (Telangana people) are confined to cleaning and sweeping, whereas non Telangana peope are in officers' posts. That is why we demand separate Telangana," the TRS president said.

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