Monday, January 25, 2010
T-MPs tell Kavuri to withdraw his remarks
Hyderabad: Congress MPs from Telangana on Sunday expressed their ire at Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao for his alleged remarks that the Maoists had penetrated the Telangana movement and it was currently under their supervision. Reacting sharply to the remarks , Ponnam Prabhakar, conveyor of state Congress MPs Forum, MPs Y Madhu Goud, M Jagannadham and Suresh Shetkar demanded an unconditional withdrawal of the remarks and threatened to expose his misdeeds . They criticised the MP for making statements belittling the sacrifices of the students and hurting the sentiments of the people of Telangana. Speaking to the media after their arrival from Delhi, the Nizamabad MP was vocal in his criticism of Rao, whom he threatened to expose if he failed to tender an unconditional apology. He said any committee being planned by the Congress high command to study the Telangana issue should have an appropriate time-limit so that a meaningful message is conveyed to the people of Telangana. He reiterated that the Congress high command was completely inclined to the formation of Tstate and no one needed to have any doubts on the issue.
The Congress MPs unanimously opposed the JACs deadline asking them to resign from their respective posts by Jan 28. It is not right on our part to fix deadlines to the party high command. It will not serve any purpose. They will take the right decision at an appropriate time. If the Congress party backs out on the issue, we will be the first to resign, they said. PCC president D Srinivas, who too arrived from Delhi, told the media that the party high command was briefed about the political developments in the state. The AICC president is also aware of the ground reality in the state and I too have given my brief to her about the state party unit, he said.
In an interesting development , the breakfast diplomacy by Congress leader J C Diwakar Reddy to hold one-onone interaction with party leaders from three regions did not fructify as none of the T-Congress leaders wanted to be part of any dialogue that could send their popularity ratings crashing in a highly surcharged atmosphere.
Postpone Inter exams: T-MLAs -With Hall Tickets Already Been Dispatched, Board Faces Dilemma
Hyderabad:The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) is under pressure to postpone the date of its examinations yet again. This time, the board is swamped by petitions from public representatives, mostly MLAs from the T belt, demanding postponement of Intermediate Public Examination (IPE).
According to BIE officials, scores of petitions are flowing in every day with the signature and stamp of local MLAs from Telangana districts, demanding postponement of exams. Though the minister for secondary education, Manikya Varaprasad Rao, had earlier announced that IPE will begin as per schedule from March 3, the board officials are now worried that the student outfits of political parties will disrupt the examination proceedings.
The officials said the pressure on BIE has mounted with M Kodandaram , convener, Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) petitioning BIE earlier this week regarding the postponement of IPE. While many MLAs sent their petitions seeking postponement of examinations , the board informed them that no change is possible since the hall tickets have already been dispatched. But now, we are getting threats from student wings of political parties from various mandals of Telangana districts stating that the examinations will be disrupted, a BIE official said. With the board planning to start its practical exams in February, the officials have started readying the examination halls and have dispatched the hall tickets.
Student organisations including Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU), National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi Vidyarthi Vibhag (TRSVV) had earlier demanded postponement of examinations stating that colleges in the T region had missed classes for over 20 days due to the ongoing agitation. Now, more student outfits including Osmania University Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Telangana University Students Joint Action Committee (TUSJAC) have declared that they will boycott the examinations if students of the Telangana region are not given enough time to prepare for their exams. With so many parties insisting that there should be a postponement of examinations, we are now wondering whether they will disrupt the schedule. Necessary precautions will have to be taken, an official said. The officials of the board are now wondering whether to prepare a new schedule in case the examinations would be postponed.
Meanwhile, Private Junior Colleges Association representatives said that if the intermediate examinations get postponed, the academic schedule of other courses will be affected. Since the academic almanac went haywire, the schedule in most colleges is tightly packed. If the IPE schedule gets postponed even by a day, the examinations of degree final-year students will have to be postponed. Most managements are hoping that there will be no postponement , said Anju Prasad, spokesperson, St Marys Junior College .When asked about the current situation Balaramaiah, secretary, BIE said that IPE will not be postponed. We cannot entertain all requests.
(source : toi)