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Telangana agitation losing steam

Hyderabad, Oct19 (): Over the demand of a separate State, the Telangana Joint Action Committee’s (TJAC) agitation is sticking to its original stand, yet, losing steam. With the stir entering 36th day, Singareni miners are returning to work and the government employees’ union is now looking out for ways to get back to work. The unions hope that some broad terms of reference about the Statehood would make them come back to work or else it could mean a dark Diwali. The agitation, Sakala Janula Samme, 36 days old on Tuesday is still on with just the government employees.

Telangana minister K Jana Reddy said discussions are going on at the national level to resolve the Telangana issue. Faced with troubling questions from government staff who lost more than a month’s pay to prove a point, the TRS sought to blame the Congress for the fold-up. Its chief, K Chandrasekhar Rao has reportedly directed his party leaders to engineer defections in the Congress as he has done with TDP earlier.

Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (TEJAC) said 65 per cent members are said to want continuance of strike and 35 per cent inclined to call it a day. Over 40,000 schools re-opened across Telangana, comprising 10 districts including Hyderabad, as 200,000 teachers returned to work. Officials said 5.2 million students attended the schools on the first day after the strike. While private schools and colleges and government-run schools have re-opened, the government-run junior colleges are likely to resume classes from Wednesday.

Coal workers in 50 mines spread over four districts of Telangana returned to work after unions decided to “temporarily” call off their strike around midnight on Monday. The management agreed to treat the strike period as special leave, pay a festival advance and promised to take back cases registered against the strikers.

With the employees of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) withdrawing their 28-day strike on Saturday, it is only the government employees in Telangana that are continuing the strike.