Hyderabad: TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy here on Sunday came down heavily against in-charge managing director of TSRTC Sunil Sharma for filing an affidavit leveling baseless allegations against the Opposition political parties in the State.
Addressing mediapersons at Gandhi Bhavan along with senior party leaders V Hanumantha Rao and former PCC president Ponnala Laxmaiah, Uttam made it clear that there was no iota of truth behind the statement of the TRC managing director that the Opposition parties were behind the RTC unions JAC leaders for spearheading the strike with an intention to destabilize the State government.
The Congress leaders took strong exception to the affidavit filed by the RTCMD. Uttam pleaded with the High Court to take suo Moto action against the TSRTC chief for filing a false affidavit before it. He also asked the managing director as to who encouraged him to file a false affidavit filed against the Opposition parties in the court.
He made it clear that the Congress would lodge a complaint against the IAS officer with the Union Department of Personnel and Training. He also made it clear that he would raise the issue in the Lok Sabha and seek action against the IAS officer concerned. He alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao tried to decimate the Congress in the Sate. He said a large number of Congress workers would participate in the Sadak bandh program being held by the RTC JAC on November 19.
RTC JAC convener arrested
Hyderabad: Even as the RTC JAC leaders are on hunger stir on 44th day, the police arrested them on Sunday. JAC convener Ashwathama Reddy was picked up by the police from his residence at BN Reddy Nagar in Meerpet, on Sunday afternoon.
Ashwathama Reddy was on hunger strike at his house since Saturday. The police had planned to pick him up on Saturday but backed out after Reddy locked himself in his house. The JAC leaders are preparing for Sadak Band on November 19 to block Hyderabad and Kodada route. After the arrest of JAC leaders E Ashwathama Reddy and Raji Reddy, MRPS president Manda Krishna Madiga said the strike would continue.
Some of the RTC workers were injured during the arrests. Ashwathama Reddy slammed Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for “suppressing” them with wrong reports in the court. “After withdrawal of merger demand, KCR should hold talks or we will continue protests”, he said.
Meanwhile, RTC MD Sunil Sharma, in his affidavit filed in the High Court, said they cannot hold talks as the illegal strike caused 40 percent losses to the ailing RTC. Even if the RTC workers call off the strike voluntarily, the management may not hold talks to end the impasse,he said. The State government gave permits on 1250 routes while the matter was in the court. The High Court is likely to deliver its final verdict on RTC strike on Monday.
Krishna Madiga taken into custody
Hyderabad: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi leader Manda Krishna Madiga was taken into preventive custody by the police in view of proposed dharna at Indira Park on Sunday.
The MRPS has called for a protest at Indira Park in support of the TSRTC strike. On receiving information that Manda Krishna Madiga was in a lodge at Habsiguda, the police detained him.
Meanwhile, several MRPS activists were also taken into custody at various places when they tried to march towards Indira Park.
The city police denied permission for MRPS program. City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other senior officials are monitoring the situation.