Don’t misuse power, TJS tells government

Telangana Jana Samiti president M. Kodandaram has cautioned the State government against giving scope for “misuse” of administrative machinery to ensure the success of the proposed massive public meeting of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti at Kongarakalan near Ibrahimpatnam on September 2.

Prof. Kodandaram said the TJS would take legal recourse and would also lodge complaints with the Election Commission against all instances of misuse of administrative machinery and power by the ruling party.

The party had decided to keep a watchful eye on the manner in which the ruling party would mobilise people, including members of self-help groups, and ensuring their transport of the venue of the meeting.

It is the responsibility of the Chief Secretary and the Governor to ensure that the government does not indulge in misuse of power for political purposes.

“Given the fact that the meeting is being convened ahead of elections, the government should ensure that RTC buses are not deployed free of cost for transporting people nor should power be provided free of cost for the meeting. There should also be no scope for mobilising SHG members by offering them free travel and food,” he said. The TJS president was speaking at a meeting convened in connection with members joining the new Telangana party.

Prof. Kodandaram said the TJS is not against the political parties conducting public meetings but it is for the administrative machinery to adopt the same guidelines in according permission to the public meetings for all political parties without discrimination.

“The TJS was denied permission to hire school buses for its meeting. The same yardstick should be adopted for others too,” he said.

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