Hyderabad: Former minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said today that the Telangana State was heading for a Constitutional crisis.
“With Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao suppressing all organs of democracy, Telangana is heading for a serious Constitutional crisis. KCR has been trying to supersede Legislature, Executive and even Judiciary and trying to impose dictatorship where people are not allowed to exercise their Right to Freedom of Speech or express dissent against government’s wrong decision,” he said while speaking to media persons at his residence, where he was kept under house arrest by the police since 6.30 am.
Shabbir Ali condemned the arrest of thousands of party workers and leaders across the State to foil their attempt to lay siege to Pragathi Bhavan, CM’s official residence, demanding resolution of RTC crisis. “Almost all leaders were kept under house arrest since the wee hours of Monday and those who managed to come out were taken into custody and shifted to various police stations. This is completely against the democratic norms,” he said.
He said that the Congress leaders wanted to assemble at Pragathi Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking immediate resolution of RTC crisis. However, the Chief Minister appears to be in no mood to even accept a memorandum on public issues. He said that the Chief Minister did not allow the top Congress leaders to even step out of their houses, and got arrested thousands of Congress workers from different parts of the State. He said even the Begumpet Railway Station and flyover was closed for the public. Pragathi Bhavan was fortified in a way as if it was some real fort with the king living in it. KCR used the police to foil a simple protest in such an aggressive manner as if it was some military trying to thwart a coup, he said.