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All the opposition parties have joined forces in criticising Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for sacking 48,000 TSRTC employees for not complying with his orders and continuing with their strike.
Terming the move as unconstitutional, BJP claimed that KCR was eyeing valuable RTC assets and that firing employees on non-compliance grounds was only for optics.
"During the Telangana movement, KCR said many words for self-interest, all of which were forgotten when he came to power. He is now acting like a tyrant," said Telangana BJP chief K Laxman.
Telugu Desam also joined in and said that it was KCR who during Telangana agitation said that the RTC employees should be compensated and receive perks in line with the central government employees and that after coming to power, he has totally neglected them.
CPI is finding itself in tough waters as on one hand it is supporting TRS for the upcoming Huzurnagar by-polls while opposing it on the RTC issue. On being questioned the same, CPI state secretary, C Venkat Reddy said, "Supporting the TRS is a political decision but we support the employees as the CPI is a labour-oriented party. Hundreds of CPI members supporting the RTC employees have been arrested across the state."
Congress has also joined in criticising the TRS on the move claiming that there is a deeper conspiracy in the matter as the firing of employees was a ploy to highlight the losses of RTC and subsequently privatise it.
"KCR announced the decision as if he was the dictator of Telangana and he would punish anyone who refuses to listen to his orders. The government had not appointed even 48 employees in the RTC, such is the plight of the corporation, said Congress leader Shabbir Ali.
Meanwhile, 30 RTC protestors including TSRTC JAC convenor Ashwatthama Reddy were taken in custody by the police when they tried to stage a protest at Gun Park, Dharna Chowk. The JAC will call a meeting soon to discuss future prospects.
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