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So long as I am CM, no Telangana: Kiran

So long as I am CM, no Telangana: Kiran
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So long as I am CM, no Telangana: Kiran. The talks between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and APNGOs and other employees’ associations held...

Tells APNGOs he won’t celebrate Dasara as they have gone without salaries;

APNGOS to hold general body meeting to consider his request to call off stir
• His assurances fail to make APNGOs call off stir immediately
• Government says talks will be resumed soon
• Staff seek clarifications on Article 371 D
• They also ask about resolution being sent to Assembly
• Staff claim govt recognized their struggle, called it ‘sacred’
The talks between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and APNGOs and other employees’ associations held here on Wednesday ended without achieving any results. Both the sides decided to resume the talks at the earliest.
Addressing media, APNGOs president P Ashok Babu said that they would continue their stir as the government could not give any assurance on their demands. All that the Chief Minister said was that he would not allow bifurcation of the state as long as he was the Chief Minister.
The government, according to Ashok Babu, asked the employees of Revenue and other department to get back to work in the wake of the impending severe cyclone. The employees said that they would extend their services in all the cyclone affected areas but would not sign the attendance registers. Ashok Babu said that the government had recognized their strike and termed the struggle as a sacred one. He said they told the government that they would convene the general body meeting and discuss the request of the Chief Minister to call off the stir. He said they wanted clarification on two issues, the status of Article 371 D of the Constitution which figured in the Cabinet Note on Telangana.
Responding to this, Chief Minister asked Chief Secretary P K Mohanty to write to Union Home Ministry on the issue and get the details. Chief Minister assured that they would give clarification on the issue at the next meeting.
Kiran also told them that AICC state in-charge Digvijay Singh told him on phone that the T issue would be sent to the State Assembly twice. First, the Centre will seek the opinion of the Assembly in the form of a resolution and then the draft Bill will be sent for its consideration.
Ashok Babu said Kiran told them that all was not over and he would use all possible means to keep the state united. “Nothing is over till the last ball is bowled,” he told them. At one stage, CM told the employees associations, “You have not been getting salaries for the last two months. I know the problem of the employees and there is no chance of celebrating Dasara in your houses. I am also pained at it and I decided not to celebrate the festival.”
APNGOs president said that they would ask all political parties to give assurance that they would defeat the T resolution in the Assembly. He said that the general body of APNGOs would be convened on October 10 or 11 to take a decision on next course of action.
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