Telangana Total ‘Bandh’ in Telangana districts on Day 2, still its going on successfully

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Two days after TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s fiery speech urging the people of Telangana to support the Telangana Joint Action Committee’s (JAC) Sakalajanula Samme wholeheartedly, the strike seemed to have lost steam on Wednesday as the strike did not have much impact in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Khammam and Mahbubnagar districts. But the stir evoked a total response in Warangal, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts.

The bandh observed by cinema theatres as part of the strike was a success across the Telangana region. While 160 theatres, including those in malls, in Hyderabad remained closed, 300-odd film theatres in nine districts were shut down. Telangana film chamber president M Vijayender Reddy said that the cinema bandh was total. “The loss to the exchequer could be around Rs 4 crore on account of closure of the theatres,” he said.

Coal production in Singareni Collieries was hit for the second consecutive day as nearly 69,000 employees and workers boycotted their duties. Instead of entering the underground mines, the workers staged protest demonstrations and formed human chains in Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam mines. Over 1.5 lakh tonnes of production was affected due to the strike.

The striking employees ransacked the office of joint collector in Khammam when he was attending work. The protestors damaged the entrance gate of the collectorate and raised slogans against the JC for not joining the strike.

On the second day of the strike, employees in Hyderabad started returning to their duty but the T protestors tried to stop them. This led to tension in some offices as a section of the employees refused to join the strike. At the office of Hyderabad district collector, supporters of the strike entered into heated arguments with those who refused to join them.

The scene at the state secretariat where more than 6,000 employees work was near normal as 86% staff attended to their duties. The outsourcing employees attended in full strength. The impact of the strike in other government offices had started diminishing on the second day of the strike. However, TJAC president Swamy Goud claimed that the strike was total in all the 10 Telangana districts. “We will continue our agitation till our goal is achieved. We will not fear ESMA or salary cut,” he asserted.

Private schools functioned in Hyderabad but colleges remained closed. In other Telangana districts, schools and colleges remained closed as the agitators ensured a total bandh on the second day. Students in Osmania University organised a rally in support of the strike.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation with the cabinet sub-committee, which was constituted to hold talks with the JAC leaders. He suggested to the officials to resume talks with the employee unions. Labour minister Danam Nagender appealed to the employees to call off the strike. “Telangana issue is before the Centre, which would take a decision soon. I urge the protesting employees not to precipitate the situation,” Nagender said.

Members of TNGO took out a huge rally from the collector’s office to Ekasila Park in Warangal where thousands of employees joined them. TRS activists and students took out a rally carrying effigies of ministers T G Venkatesh and Shailajanath demanding that they be removed from the cabinet for their outrageous comments on T-leaders. Warangal MP S Rajaiah condemned the remarks of the ministers.

Enraged students burnt effigies of the CM and minister Sridhar Babu at Kaman Chowrasta in Karimnagar. Lawyers JAC activists staged a dharna in front of Nizamabad district Congress party office demanding that the Congress withdraw its proposal to contest the Banswada assembly by-elections, scheduled to be held on October 13.

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