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Telangana General Strike tomorrow

September 12, 2011
Hyderabad

The proposed indefinite Telangana general strike by the Telangana state government employees will begin tomorrow. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy held a meeting with the Group of Ministers yesterday to assess the impact of the strike. He warned of serious action against those government employees who take part in the agitation.

Though, a Telangana protagonist, Minister for Panchayat Raj K Jana Reddy said that strikes and meetings would not help the formation of the Telangana statehood. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi will also organize a public meeting tomorrow in Karimnagar. Jana Reddy spoke to reporters after inaugurating the Raigir-Yadagirigutta rail over bridge at Raigir of Bhongir mandal. Speaking to reporters, he said that the Congress party alone would achieve the Telangana statehood.

TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a 'Rail Roko' tomorrow in solidarity with the general strike. He also called for a 'Rasta Roko' on National Highways in Telangana regions on the 18th of this month to press their demand for a separate Telangana state. Film theatre bandh will also be observed on the 14th and 15th. KCR also warned of serious consequences if the Seemandhra leaders don't keep their tone in control. He said that it is not right to make provocative comments against the formation of Telangana state. He also criticized Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, saying that it is because of him that six were given capital punishment in China.

Senior BJP leader Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao said that people from all regions of Telangana are supporting the general strike tomorrow. He said that the effect of the strike would reach New Delhi. He said that the 4.5 crore population of Telangana is behind the strike by the Telangana state government employees. Vidyasagar Rao said that the government cannot hinder the Telangana movement by bringing in additional police forces in the Telangana regions. He criticized AICC president Sonia Gandhi for not standing by her promises she made for approving the formation of a separate Telangana state she made during the 2004 Assembly elections in Karimnagar.

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