Hyderabad: Hectic behind-the-scenes lobbying
is on to break the ongoing indefinite strike by government
employees of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, who are
demanding bifurcation of the state.
Certain key functionaries in the state government are said
to be employing "divide and rule" tactics to make at least a
major section of the employees call off the strike that has
started showing impact on the administration in the 10
Telangana districts since September 13.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held "secret" parleys
with Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee president
Swami Goud in his camp office around late on Friday night and
tried to prevail upon him to give up the agitation, highly
placed sources in the Chief Minister`s Office said on Sunday.
"Goud has agreed to attend a formal meeting with the Chief
Minister probably on Monday to discuss all issues concerning
the employees," the sources added.
A Group of Ministers on employees` issues is also said to
be in the loop on the issue and acting as the channel between
Goud and the Chief Minister, they said.
CMO sources believe that at least one section of the
employees is likely to withdraw from the indefinite strike in
the next three-four days based on the outcome of the formal
talks with government.
The government employees in the Telangana region are
staying away from work since September 13 as part of `Sakala
Janula Samme` (strike by all sections of people), called to