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Hold peaceful protests, Botcha appeals to staff

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Appealing to the employees across the State to maintain restraint, the PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana, on Tuesday, said that while anyone could hold protests and demonstrations in a peaceful manner, no one should take law into their hands.

Condemns attack on APNGOs

Hyderabad: Appealing to the employees across the State to maintain restraint, the PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana, on Tuesday, said that while anyone could hold protests and demonstrations in a peaceful manner, no one should take law into their hands.

At a press conference, Botcha condemned the attack on APNGOs by Telangana advocates on Sunday and said that such acts at a time when passions were running high was not correct. People from both the regions have right to protest in a democratic manner but should not resort to attacks or making statements that would hurt the sentiments of each other.

Asked if the government would permit the Seemandhra employees to hold a public meeting in Hyderabad, he said all such issues will be dealt as per the rules and procedures. Claiming that he was an integrationist at heart, Botcha said he had not left any opportunity to convey the aspirations of the people of Seemandhra region to the high command. He said he does not believe in defying the party decision but had made a strong plea to the Congress high command to first resolve the problems that would arise from bifurcation.

He said it was not correct on the part of opposition parties to allege that Congress had taken a unilateral decision. Congress party was the last one to announce its decision. It had taken the opinion of all political parties before taking a final decision, he said.

He also criticised YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy for sitting on indefinite fast in the jail. And found fault with YSRCP leaders equating his fast with that of Mahatma Gandhi. He demanded that the YSRCP should first explain what they mean by equal justice. Botcha, however, refused to answer the allegations leveled by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kishore Chandra Deo. It may be mentioned here that Deo in a letter to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi criticised both Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Botcha for failing to rise above their narrow political interests in finding a solution to the Telangana problem.

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