‘T’ leaders burn his effigy; he had dared KCR on ‘earthquake-like stir’ threat
The TRS Karimnagar town unit leaders burnt the effigy of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday for his alleged provocative statement on Bayyaram iron ore issue at a meeting in Medak on Monday.
The protesters led by its town president S. Ravinder Singh assembled at the Telangana Chowk here and raised slogans against the Chief Minister, demanding that he withdraw his statement unconditionally. They warned of serious consequences if he does not do so.
TDP leaders’ stand
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) district leaders Kadiam Srihari and A. Baswa Reddy too objected to the Chief Minister’s statement at Medak and demanded an apology from him. They described his remarks as irresponsible and asserted that the speech only showed his arrogance and immaturity.
“How can the Chief Minister say I will not withdraw the agreement transferring Bayyaram iron ore mines. He forgot that he is part of the government,” Mr. Kadiam Srihari pointed out.
The TDP leaders also objected to the argument that mines were the national property. They sought to know why the government did not give the Obulapuram mines to Visakha Steel Plant (VSP) and chose only the Bayyaram mines.
“The Chief Minister’s talk is not anti-TRS but anti-Telangana. His remarks hurt the sentiments of the Telangana people. Sadly, no Congress leader from the region is opening his mouth against the injustices being done to the region.”
The people of Telangana were asking the government not to move the mineral wealth to other regions but to establish a steel plant here in Telangana region. They want the jobs to be created and development to take place in Telangana region. “What is wrong in that argument? Why should a Chief Minister take it as an offence?,” the TDP leaders sought to know.
Mr. Kadiam Srihari said though several leaders within the TDP were talking in favour of transferring the iron ore to VSP, party president Chandrababu Naidu himself organised a meeting at Bayyaram and demanded that a steel plant be set up in the region. “Mr. Naidu’s stand will prevail,” he explained.