HYDERABAD: A delegation of opposition party leaders again called on Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Bhavan on Thursday seeking her intervention in resolution of the ongoing strike by RTC staff.
After meeting the Governor, Telangana Jana Samiti president Prof. M. Kodandaram told reporters that they brought to her notice the increasing number of suicides and deaths of RTC workers. He alleged that the police had prevented the corporation employees from taking out the funeral procession of Karimnagar RTC driver Babu who had died.
Kodandaram emphasised that RTC workers were on strike not for salaries but to protect the public transportation facility that the corporation provides.
TD politburo member R. Chandrasekhar Reddy, who also spoke to media, said the state government does not have any right to dissolve the RTC, as it has to take permission from the centre for doing the same. CPM state secretary T. Veerabhadram said the central government must intervene as it owns shares in the corporation.
Congress Legislature Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka claimed that the Governor had responded positively to their request of not privatising the RTC.
CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy said while APSRTC workers of the neighbouring state were celebrating merger of their corporation with the government, Telangana RTC employees were being forced to commit suicides.
BJP leader Mohan Reddy said the Governor and the Centre must initiate steps so that the agitating employees could call off their strike....