Telangana Congress leaders claim Home Minister agreed to pull back forces from OU
A delegation of Congress leaders led by party MPs, who met Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy on Sunday, claimed that the government had agreed to withdraw para-military forces from the Osmania University campus.
The delegation comprising Endowment Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, MPs -- G. Sukhender Reddy, G. Vivekananda and Manda Jagannath and others extracted a promise from the Home Minister about withdrawal of forces.
The meeting held in the presence of the DGP K. Arvinda Rao and City Police Commissioner A. K. Khan in the Secretariat saw the Congress MPs protesting the high-handed behaviour of the police personnel and restrictions on media.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Jagannath said the government had conceded the demand for withdrawal of forces and agreed to allow access to the students into the university.
Peddapalli MP G. Vivekananda said the paramilitary forces would be stationed at the local police station. “We have demanded that local police should be deployed,” he said.
On providing access to journalists, he said the government said it would discuss the issue with concerned authorities and take suitable decision shortly.
‘Ready for any sacrifice'
Meanwhile, Mr. Jupally Krishna Rao, Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy, and other Telangana Congress leaders met at the residence of CWC member K. Keshava Rao.
In an informal chat with reporters, Mr. Keshava Rao said people of Telangana were ready for any sacrifice. He demanded withdrawal of police forces from the OU campus.
He said Congress leaders were ready to resign if the Centre failed to concede the demand for separate Telangana State. “We want Telangana State with Hyderabad as the Capital,” he said and added that if there were any doubts in the minds of their Andhra counterparts, he was ready to clarify them.
On Srikrishna Committee report, he said a serious and in depth study was needed. He said the report repeatedly mentioned about grave injustice to Telangana region in several chapters.
A meeting of Telangana Congress leaders would be held on Tuesday at Kalinga Bhavan to chalk out future course of action.