Congress leaders, workers lay siege to Secretariat
- Demand KCR to drop plan for new blocks
Hyderabad: Led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N Uttam Kumar Reddy, thousands of Congress workers laid siege to the State Secretariat on Thursday. They were protesting against the proposed demolition of present Secretariat buildings to facilitate construction of new blocks.
Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with thousands of Congress workers and senior leaders, reached the Telangana Secretariat at around 11 AM. Apparently, fearing that the Congress workers might storm the Secretariat building, police sealed all the entry points and erected barricades along the main entrance. The Congress workers then staged a sit-in protest for over an hour and raised slogans against the TRS Government and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Uttam Kumar Reddy told media persons that at a time when people of Telangana were engulfed in various problems and several welfare schemes were not being implemented properly for want of funds, KCR was planning to waste hundreds of crores of rupees of public money to construct a new Secretariat just to satisfy his sentiments.
He said most of the blocks in the State Secretariat were constructed in recent past and they were totally fit for office accommodation. But KCR wants to demolish them just to follow the advice of his vaasthu experts. Shockingly, he said, the Advocate General resorted to falsehood before the High Court that the present Secretariat does not meet fire safety norms. “TRS Government tried to mislead the court to justify its insane decision of demolishing the Secretariat,” he alleged.
The TPCC Chief said that 16 chief ministers and their cabinet ministers operated from the same Secretariat premises and successfully completed their tenures. They include AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who enjoys Z-Plus security and it was not possible for security agencies to allow a VIP to function from an office which is not safe from fire. However, he alleged that KCR was behaving like a “vaasthu maniac” and wants to demolish even good buildings to please his sentiments.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party was fighting the case in the High Court and it would also intensify agitation across the state. He said that his party would continue its agitation until KCR drops the plan to shift the Secretariat.
Later, police arrested all Congress workers and leaders including Uttam Kumar Reddy and shifted them to Gandhi Nagar, Abids and Nampally police stations. They were later released on personal bond. Uttam Kumar Reddy has strongly condemned the police action.