Centre keeping a close watch on RTC strike in Telangana

The 10-day long strike by employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is no longer just a state matter. Union Minister of state for Home, G Kishan Reddy who is also the MP from Secunderabad, will submit his report to his boss, Union Home minister Amit Shah today.

The Centre is said to be concerned after two employees committed suicide, aggrieved over chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to sack 48000 employees in one stroke on day 2 of the strike. 

The Centre is aware that suicides by emotional youth during the Telangana agitation provided oxygen to the demand for statehood. It also resulted in reducing the then Congress government to a lameduck regime. 

The BJP which is part of the opposition in Telangana, has taken an aggressive position on the strike and its statement gives a sense of what could be in store. It said : “Going forward, CM KCR and his government will have to face the wrath of not just RTC employees but entire people of Telangana state. CM KCR with his thoughtless decisions has got Telangana state to a grinding halt.”

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan is believed to have sent her independent report to the Centre about the situation arising out of the strike.  

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