The Hyderabad police put prominent Congress leaders including Revanth Reddy and Shabbir Ali under house arrest to foil the plan to lay siege to Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The protest was against the Telangana government’s refusal to hold talks with the striking employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) despite a nudge from the High court. The RTC strike has been on since 5 October, putting commuters to serious inconvenience.
In order to intensify the strike, families of the 48000 employees who have been dismissed from service by the CM plan to sit on dharna at bus depots across the state. Apart from requesting temporary drivers not to ply RTC buses, women conductors plan to sit on a hunger strike on Thursday. This will culminate in a public meeting on 30 October, subject to obtaining permission.
The opposition says KCR is indulging in contempt of court by not talking to the employees. The TRS feels it was not an order and only a suggestion by the court.
On Saturday, the day of the Telangana bandh, many leaders were confined to home, to ensure they did not take part in public protests. (pic below)