No talks with RTC unions: What's KCR up to?

Even as the indefinite strike by the employees and workers of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) entered 13th day on Thursday, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appears to have turned more and more adamant.

Despite the directions from the state high court, KCR ruled out holding any talks with the RTC employees’ unions.

He made it clear to the officials after five-hour long meeting with officials that went on till late hours on Wednesday.

“There is no question of taking back the sacked employees and we shall go ahead with our plan to recruit fresh staff and hire more buses. We shall put forth our argument strongly before the high court,” KCR reportedly told the officials.

The chief minister also rejected the direction of the state high court to appoint a full-fledged managing director to the RTC to deal with the striking employees.

“There is no hurry. It is our administrative decision and the court have no role to play in it,” he said.

One wonders what the Telangana Rashtra Samithi president is up to, as his party leaders are apprehensive that his adamant attitude would cause serious repercussions on the party.

“A wrong message has already gone into the people that the TRS government is not sympathetic to the demands of the RTC employees. Most of their demands pertaining to saving the organisation. Instead of calling the employees to talks, KCR is taking it as a prestigious issue,” a TRS leader said.