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Samaikyandhra stir: CPI(M) not to align with others

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‘Passage of Telangana bill in Parliament is certain’

CPI (M) State secretary B. Raghavulu addressing a media conference in Eluru on Sunday.— photo: avg_prasad
CPI (M) State secretary B. Raghavulu addressing a media conference in Eluru on Sunday.— photo: avg_prasad

The CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu on Sunday said passage of the Telangana bill in Parliament was certain in the light of announcements made both by the ruling UPA and the opposition BJP for a separate State with Telangana region. “Simple majority is enough for passage of the bill and the UPA-BJP collaboration offers enough numerical strength to get it pushed in both the Houses in spite of the resignation threats by the Congress and the TDP members from the Seemandhra region,” he stated while addressing a media conference here.

The ruckus by the Seemandhra MPs in Parliament and the resignation ‘dramas’ being staged by the MLAs and the MPs from the region were unlikely to hinder the State bifurcation process, anyway, he added. He dared the Seemandhra leaders to resign from the preliminary membership of their respective parties and lead the movement.

Mr. Raghavulu expressed certain `reservations’ for the CPI (M) to align with the ongoing Samaikyandhra movement while reiterating his party’s stand for unification of the State. He said the movement had turned a platform for the ‘politics of opportunism’ to promote its self-centric agenda. He, however, made it clear that his party had decided to build a movement on its own in defence of the State unity by way of holding demonstrations at the district and mandal headquarters. The CPI (M) leader asserted that all the political parties except his party lacked clarity on the contentious Statehood issue and were fishing in troubled waters.

He made a strong case for exemption to the RTC and educational institutions from the Samaikyandhra agitation.

It was like inflicting wounds by the people upon themselves if these two key public sectors were allowed to suffer due to the agitation. When the RTC buses went off the road due to an indefinite strike by the pro-Samaikyandhra employees unions, private operators were making a fast buck by collecting abnormally higher fares from commuters. Similarly, the students of government schools and colleges with poor social and economic conditions were losing out on their academic sessions, when their counterparts from the corporate educational institutes were remaining unaffected by the current unrest, he said.


  • Raghavulu dares Seemandhra leaders to resign from the preliminary membership of their parties

  • Seeks exemption to RTC and educational institutions from the Samaikyandhra agitation


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