Cong scores one: Day after MPs begin fast, drops Telangana cases

Written by Political Bureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Dec 29 2010, 07:00am hrs
On an indefinite hunger strike since Monday morning, Telangana Congress MPs today stole the thunder from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), with the Andhra Pradesh government bowing to pressure and withdrawing all the police cases filed against students involved in various offences during pro-Telangana agitations since last December.

Home minister P Sabita Reddy announced the withdrawal of all remaining 967 cases against 5,047 students. In all, the state government withdrew 1,667 cases against 8,047 students. All the cases were booked during the protests for and against a separate Telangana state in all three regions of the state between November 2009 and September 2010, the Home Minister said.

The state government was quick to give the credit for the decision to the nine Congress MPs led by Rajya Sabha MP K Keshava Rao, who were on the second day of their hungerstrike on Tuesday.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was very concerned about the indefinite hungerstrike. The government is aware of the problems faced by students against whom cases had been filed. The CM held several rounds of meetings with ministers and decided to withdraw all the police cases, the home minister said.

This is a big setback for the TRS, which had also been demanding that the government withdraw the cases unconditionally since several months. They had disrupted the winter session of the state Assembly for three days over the issue.

Perhaps anticipating the governments move, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao today dropped in to meet the fasting Congress MPs and to express solidarity with them. I am happy that the Congress has also joined us in our fight to bring justice, KCR told the MPs.

As soon as he left the New MLAs Quarters, the state government announced the withdrawal of all the pending cases. The announcement sparked celebrations across Hyderabad. Minutes later, the MPs broke their fast.