Ready to mediate talks, if govt. asks, says KK

Congress leader Konda Visveshwar Reddy meets KK

Senior leader of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K. Keshava Rao has reiterated that he is ready to mediate the talks between the government and RTC unions, provided there are any such suggestions from the government.

In an informal chat with newspersons here on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha MP and secretary-general of TRS made it clear that he had never said that he would take up talks. Stating that he was trying to speak to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on the issue he admitted that his Monday’s statement had raised hopes among the RTC employees. If the both sides believe that he could mediate the talks he was ready to do it, he said.Terming the positive response to his statement from the RTC unions, Mr. Keshava Rao said it was an issue to be dealt with by the government and not the party and that no TSRTC-JAC leader had either met him or called him over phone so far. Reiterating his statement that merger of RTC with the government was not possible, he said it was his personal view. The TRS leader said he was a socialist and would always take the side of workers and not the State.

Earlier in the day, former MP and Congress leader Konda Vishveshwar Reddy met Mr. Keshava Rao at the latter’s residence. Speaking after the meeting he said he had called on Mr. Keshava Rao as he was the only TRS leader who had reacted positively to the strike by RTC employees.

Every section in the State, including people, employees, political parties including TRS and the government, were suffering with the strike by RTC employees and it was time Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao kept aside his rigid attitude and call the employees for talks either directly or through mediation with leaders such as Mr. Keshava Rao. By not responding to the strike the Chief Minister appears to be of the opinion that he could run the State only with the help of the police, Mr. Reddy observed.

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