Hyderabad, Sept. 22 (NSS): The Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, on Thursday tasted
bitter experience from the Telangana employees in the Secretariat and forced him to abruptly withdraw
from the media conference.
Mr Sridhar Babu, along with the Minister for Revenue, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy, and the Minister
for Tourism, Mr Vatti Vasant Kumar, called a press conference in the J-block conference hall in the
Secretariat at 1 pm to brief the media about Re 1 kg rice and other welfare measures announced by the
Chief Minister on Wednesday.
Knowing about the presence of Mr Sridhar Babu at the media conference, the Telangana
employees of the Secretariat, who were staging a dharna near H-bock, forcibly entered the conference
As the employees outnumbered the police personnel, the latter failed to prevent them. Efforts of
gunmen of the three ministers to stop the employees by closing doors of the conference hall also
proved futile. The employees barged into the conference hall by raising slogans against Mr Sridhar
Babu. They raised slogans “Jai Telangana”, “Sridhar Babu Down Down” and warning “Telangana
As the efforts of the security men to stop the employees have failed, a large number of employees
entered the hall and disrupted the media conference of the ministers. This incident has once again
highlighted the security lapse in the Secretariat.
Disciplining the agitating Telangana employees, the Secretariat Telangana Employees JAC
president, Mr M Narender Rao, sought permission of the minister saying that they want to talk with Mr
Sridhar Babu and took the mike from the side of journalists benches. He shot a series of questions to
Mr Sridhar Babu, who belongs to Telangana region, for attending the press conference at a time when
all the employees and workers were on strike for Telangana statehood.
Referring to the bombastic statements made by the political leaders earlier, particularly belonging
to the ruling Congress party, Mr Rao said that such comments have provoked the employees, who were
leading happy lives with their families. He held the Telangana ruling party leaders being responsible
for the unrest prevailing in the region. He directly asked Mr Sridhar Babu, who had earlier quit his
posts as a son of Telangana, why was he attending to the duties now?
“As a young leader, you have a bright political career for another 30 to 40 years. Why are you
doing such things? Have you no responsibility on the Telangana issue?”, he questioned the Civil
Supplies Minister. Stunned by the incident, Mr Sridhar Babu tried to give an explanation for his
presence at the media conference. He also tried to pacify the employees.
Mr Sridhar Babu said
that he and his colleagues were fighting with the party high command on Telangana statehood issue
and trying to convince the Centre. “I never asked the employees to go on strike on the issue. I would
never back track from my commitment on the issue. I am attending to duties as my resignation has
not been accepted. I need your cooperation also to build up my leadership. Ultimately, the people
will give a verdict every five years on the performance of the elected representatives. You should
also understand me. Moreover, I am attending the media conference as it related to welfare scheme
of Re 1 per kg rice, which benefits the poor”.
The employees insisted Mr Sridhar Babu to leave
the conference hall and extend solidarity with their agitation. Finally, the minister left the media
conference hall saying that he was not fearing the protest, but doing so as a Telangana supporter. The
minister left the conference hall along with the Telangana employees and also shouted “Jai Telangana”
Later, the press conference of the ministers continued. (NSS)


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