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Arrested Congress leaders term it black day, but Mallannasagar fight continues

Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 06:38 PM
Telangana Congress leaders on Tuesday asserted that the party would continue its fight against the TRS government for the sake of farmers across the State till they get justice.

Addressing a joint press conference at Gandhi Bhavan after their release from Goshamahal Police station, Congress leaders K Jana Reddy, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Madhu Yashki Goud, Anjan Kumar Yadav, Balaram Naik, Mallu Ravi and Nerella Sharada described the day of arrests of Congress leaders as “black day”. It was killing of democracy. They had intended to console the Mallannasagar reservoir victims by visiting Vemulagattu village in Medak district, but they were arrested.

They warned that the TRS government, which obstructed the Congress leaders from visiting Vemulagattu village to console the injured people in police lathi-charge, would face the fate of loss of power if it continued its suppressive and undemocratic activities.

They condemned the arrests of Congress leaders. They said that the Congress party had the responsibility of consoling the injured people as an opposition party in the State. But the ruling TRS party was trying to suppress the voices of the opposition parties.

Bhatti said that the TRS government made the police to resort to arrests of the Congress party leaders.

The police have arrested Congress leaders—Ponnala Laxmaiah, DK Aruna, Sabitha Indra Reddy, T Jeevan Reddy, Duddilla Sridhar Babu, Balaram Naik, Damodara Rajanarasimha, Anjan Kumar Yadav, Madhu Yashki, Shabbir Ali and several other Congress MLAs, MLCs, former MLAs and MLCs and MPs across the State.

He made it clear that the Congress party would not be afraid of arrests and it would stand by the Mallanna Sagar Reservoir victims and would fight till the farmers get justice. “We will prepare an action plan and announce it on Wednesday”, he said.

Bhatti demanded the TRS government to initiate action against the police officials, who behaved cruelly against agitators.

Stating that the Chief Ministers like K Chandrasekhar Rao come and goe, Shabbir Ali said that the Congress party would fight for the sake of farmers. He reminded the previous Congress government’s democratic behavior towards the Telangana movement and alleged that the KCR government had killed democracy in broad daylight.

Responding to a question, Shabbir Ali asked the Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who described the Congress party as a Drama Company, to introspect first before criticizing the Congress party, terming Talasani a coward.

Stating that consoling farmers was not an undemocratic act, Jana Reddy said that obstruction and suppression was not proper act of the government. The government’s bad behavior reached its peak, he said predicting that the government would face its downfall very early.

He made it clear to the TRS government that the Congress party would not be afraid of oppression and obstructions and it would fight against the TRS government till it implemented the Land Acquisition Act-2013 for the reservoir oustees.

Earlier, the police detained all the Congress leaders at Gandhi Bhavan obstructing the rally in the morning and shifted them to Goshamahal Police Station and Narayanaguda Police Station. Former Ministers DK Aruna and Sabitha Indra Reddy escaped from the scene and proceeded towards Vemulagattu village. But the police detained them also.

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