T Employees call off strike, TJAC confused మార్చి 6, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, bandh, Congress, CPI, drama, G.O 610, Identity, Mulki, politics, Settler, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana strike off; TJAC members confused
Express News Service, 6 March 2011
HYDERABAD: After raising heat and dust for 16 days with their non-cooperation stir, Telangana employees called it off on Friday, accepting everything that the government was willing to give them on day one. Observers are asking why the stir was called off so abruptly.
The withdrawal has driven a rift down the middle of Telangana ranks. Employees associations in Warangal and Karimnagar are preparing to buttonhole leaders of TJAC with some questions. Telangana Employees Association Warangal president B Janardhan said, “We will go to Hyderabad on Sunday and ask Swamy Goud and Prof Kodandaram,” he said.
The strike by TJAC Employees paralysed governance in Telangana and cost the state crores of rupees in revenue. Its demands included introduction of a T bill in Parliament and several issues relating to Telangana employees. Within a couple of days, the government delegated a group of ministers to talk to the TJAC reps. They promised to implement all demands — bar issues relating to bifurcation of the state, which is not under the state government’s purview. They also agreed to lead a delegation to the Prime Minister.
After the first meeting, the TJAC leaders rejected the offer and came out vowing to continue their agitation.
All Telangana separatist groups including the TJAC supported the employees’ continued stir. Six further rounds of talks went much the same way until Friday, when TJAC suddenly called off the stir and signed agreements with the chief secretary in the presence of chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Doubts are being cast on this decision. TJAC employees chairman K Swamy Goud says the agitation was called off because people were facing problems.
“We only wanted to draw the attention of the Centre and we also succeeded in securing a better future for Telangana employees.’’ But the ranks are restive. One employee leader in Warangal said students of universities in the region boycotted their board exams to participate in the agitation. So it was a travesty that TJAC leaders should say that they withdrew the strike to protect the interest of students