As if in one voice, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telangana Telugu Desam Party Forum demanded that the state government postpone the intermediate public examination in view of the March of Millions or the ‘Millennium March’ as they chose to call it, scheduled to be staged in Hyderabad on March 10.
Speaking to media persons at the Assembly Media Point, TRS Floor Leader Etala Rajender on Thursday demanded that the state government reschedule the intermediate examination timetable so that there is no examination on March 10, the day when the ‘Millennium March’ would be staged.
A little later, BJP state unit president G Kishen Reddy too demanded that the examination on March 10 be postponed to a later date on account of the Millennium March.
As if following their lead, TTDPF convenor Nagam Janardhan Reddy too gave the same call and demanded that the examination be postponed to a later date, as if not to inconvenience the students. Mr Janardhan Reddy however went a step further by meeting Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and submitting a memorandum to that affect.
Earlier, Mr Rajender said that it was up to the government to conduct the examination in a congenial atmosphere and it was duty bound to make efforts in this direction.
Reacting to the words of Congress MP from Eluru Kavuri Sambhasiva Rao that pro-Telangana agitators should storm the residences of elected representatives from Telangana to press for their resignation in support of a separate state formation, the TRS leader said that the Telangana Congress MPs and MLAs have to take a decision and react suitably on the comments.
“We will wait and watch how Congress elected representatives will react on Mr Sambhasiva Rao’s comments,” he stated.
A little later, BJP leader Kishen Reddy alleged that the state government was not taking any initiative to address the Telangana problem despite Telangana employees and activists observing noncooperation agitations and stalling the assembly and administration.
He appealed to government to postpone the Intermediate examination scheduled to be held on March 10 to March 22 in the wake of Millennium March called by Telangana Political Joint Action committee.
Mr Kishen Reddy also chose to try and corner the TDP by alleging that the party has hatched a conspiracy on Telangana statehood demand. He said that this conspiracy was exposed with the TDP’s Seemandhra MLAs staging dharna in the Assembly with placards in support of an integrated state.
“At least, now the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu should make its stand clear on Telangana instead of indulging in double standards,” Mr Kishen Reddy demanded.
He said the TDP has no moral right to target the BJP leader Advani as he made his stand clear on Telangana in Parliament.
Meanwhile Mr Janardhan Reddy told media persons that he had met Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy and appealed him to postpone the Intermediate examination scheduled to be held on March 10 as Telangana Political Joint Action Committee had called the Millennium March on that day.
He also revealed that he had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and appealed to him to protect the students’ interests.