Several opposition parties in Telangana united together in support of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) staff who are on strike against the Telangana Government.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party Marxist (CPM,) the Telugu Desam Party and others also alleged the K. Chandrashekar Rao led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for suspending employees.
Approximately 50,000 TSRTC employees are protesting against the TRS for not fulfilling their long standing demands including the merger of the TSRTC with the State Government.
The indefinite strike of TSRTC employees started on the 5th of October. However, the TRS Government refused to fulfil their demands and decided to handle the situation with an iron hand.
K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, fired 1,200 TSRTC employees and suspended remaining 48,800 employees. He also directed the Transport Department of Telangana to hire new temporary drivers and buses in the wake of the strike so that commuters would not suffer.
N. Ramachender Rao, a BJP leader alleged KCR of functioning harsh on employees and said the BJP will support the workers and would fight for their rights. Likewise, the TDP, the CPM and the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) also threatened the TRS Government and said the opposition parties will launch Sakala Janula Samme in support of RTC workers.
The Sakula Janula Samme also known as All People’s Strike is the biggest protest in Telangana. The last time people conducted this strike was in 2011, demanding statehood for Telangana.
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